I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Reap what you sow,” or maybe someone has referred to it as “Karma.” No matter how you define it or what word you use, they mean basically the same. However, do you believe it is true?
Origins And Meaning Of “Reap What You Sow”
Where exactly did the saying, “Reap what you sow” begin? If you look in the King James version of the Bible, you will find the words of Jesus Christ in Galatians, Chapter 6, verses 7-9 as follows:
7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
In regular English those verses mean:
- Everything you do has a consequence from which there is no escape.
- All your actions and choices will “come back to haunt you” some day.
- In the future, you will see the outcome of the choices you make today.
- What you do now determines what you will be able to do tomorrow.
- For every action there is a reaction.
Do you believe it? Do you believe that what you do today has a consequence that will determine your opportunities and life in the future? Do you believe that you reap what you sow?
Make The Reaping And Sowing Personal
A farmer prepares his land, plants good seeds, fertilizes, waters and hopes that the wheat will grow. If everything goes according to plan and he is steadfast in the care of his crop, he is able to sit atop the combine harvester with a smile on his face.
Do you think the farmer is reaping what he sowed?
I only partially believe that the farmer is reaping what he sowed.
It is true that he did all the “right” things so that he could have a successful wheat crop. However, at any time, by no fault of his own, catastrophic weather could have destroyed his entire crop. If that happened, the farmer would not be reaping what he sowed, right?
I know I’m splitting hairs, but that answer could be both yes and no.
No, it is not the farmer’s fault that weather destroyed his crop, so he isn’t reaping what he sowed, both figuratively and literally.
On the other hand, the farmer at some point decided to be a farmer. Whether he knew all the risks of farming wheat is irrelevant. The fact remains that the farmer chose to be a farmer. Since The farmer picked farming as his profession, he has to suffer the consequences of having that as his job.
In a way, it sounds like the farmer is going to damned no matter which way you look at it. Is that really how the whole reaping and sowing thing works?
Reaping Consequences And Sowing Anyway
Did I ever tell you that I almost didn’t have a child of my own? There almost wasn’t an Alyssa. I had dreamed and planned on being a mother from the time I was four years old. After many, many years of trying, I had just about decided that I would give up my hope to have a child when I did finally get pregnant.
During all those moments that I was without hope, I thought of all the reasons that it would be good to be without a child.
- I would be unencumbered from responsibilities.
- I wouldn’t have to wake up in the middle of the night for a crying, hungry or sick child.
- Less mess, laundry and expenses.
- No worrying about the child’s safety or happiness.
- I wouldn’t have to go through empty nest syndrome when we got older.
Not sowing and reaping motherhood started to sound pretty good, but that wasn’t going to be my life.
I got pregnant and have spent the last nineteen years experiencing motherhood. I have sowed and reaped happiness, worry, anxiety and a million other emotions a million times. The time is fast approaching, however, when seeing Alyssa every day will end.
I don’t want it to end.
I don’t know how to let go.
It wasn’t that long ago that I almost completely lost Alyssa and I am still struggling with the effects of that stalled moment in time. In less than a year, Alyssa has decided to start sowing and reaping on her own…far away.
Growing up and moving – yes. Growing up and moving very far away – no. That’s not how we planned it.
I like to be close in proximity to family. I always admired other cultures who live close, take care of each other and honor their elders. This whole motherhood sowing and reaping thing is taking a twist that I didn’t expect.
You may be thinking, “The Redhead Riter is being selfish.” I’m human and I can’t hardly bear the thought of Alyssa making her home so far away that I rarely will be able to see her. So yeah, if that’s selfish, then I haven’t been selfish for nineteen years and now I’m selfish.