Harp and Story

Weeds and Harvest

September 15, 2009

The official Waller work experience in Israel began Sunday. We are divided into three teams with Zac, Josh and Caleb as team leaders. Steve and I are a part of Team 2 and Josh is our team leader. So far we have pruned 350 olive trees on Mount Gerizim, pulled weeds in the grape vineyards of Shiloh and toured the area of Shechem and Elon Moreh. This is our day job, for our second job we are house parents to 18 women ages 16 to 60. Steve also is one of the designated drivers who periodically is called upon to get up in the wee hours of the a.m. and pick up some excited but weary soul at the Tel Aviv airport. We were told that this would be a working vacation! (They weren’t kidding!!!)

Today we were in the vineyards of Shiloh and David Ruben, the former governor of the Shiloh district came and interviewed us. He had a videographer with him and they are making a promotional video for “Christians”, mainly in the US, to get involved with the Shiloh community. Steve and I were interviewed as well as others so maybe one day we’ll get to see if we made the cut. The rest of the day we spent pulling weeds in row after row of grapes. They are harvesting the fruit, but we are the delegated weed pullers. There are some pretty brutal thistles that have to be removed and something like crab grass and some really stickery grasses that cling to everything and when you do get the grasses removed millions of tiny thorns stay stuck in your clothes and when you walk they scratch your skin. There are lessons here, how about this one; the first shall be last and the last first and maybe this one, he who would save his life shall lose it and he who would lose his life for my sake and the gospel shall save it. Maybe even Y’Shua’s story about the bondslave found in Luk 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
Luk 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
Luk 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Or this one:
Luk 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luk 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Luk 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

So with a happy and joy-filled heart we serve as we are called and rejoice that our Heavenly Father may call us faithful in that which is least.

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