Time to harvest

figsThese days I am harvesting the wonderful fruits of the seeds of friendship planted in the seasons of yore. In the spring during a fundraiser which brought the community together in a way I have not seen before, I won two unique gifts: a day of fishing with a friend and a harvest of figs from the orchard of another. Both produced satisfaction beyond what I had imagined.

These are the days of seed sowing. These are the days of tree planting. The bountiful bestowals of God are successive. He who sows a seed in this day will behold his reward in the fruits and harvest of the heavenly Kingdom. This timely seed, when planted in the hearts of the beloved of God, will be watered by showers of divine mercy and warmed by the sunshine of divine love. Its fruitage and flower shall be the solidarity of mankind, the perfection of justice and the praiseworthy attributes of heaven manifest in humanity. All who sow such a seed and plant such a tree according to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh shall surely witness this divine outcome in the degrees of its perfection and will attain unto the good pleasure of the Merciful One.
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)

fishingThe fishing trip was preceded by a visit with my wonderful host family, an unexpected demonstration of a home-based music recording studio, delightful dinner, and a night of restful sleep. The trip itself proved to me that while I might not have caught a single fish, I had some natural abilities that I would have never suspected, had I not opted for this uncharacteristic for me adventure.

The harvesting of figs, on the other hand, brought me directly to my childhood, with the sweet fragrance of the ripe fruit, bursting with sweet honey-like juice. My hosts here were similarly generous beyond anything I deserved or expected. I got literary loaded with fruit in addition to two massive jars of jams — from figs and from mulberries — and to top it off I was given a ride home so the tender fruit could stay intact for my little one’s visit tomorrow.

I could not have asked for a better illustration of the value of investing in friendship. With patience, the resulting harvest can be beyond anyone’s expectations!

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