In I Corinthians 4:7 in the Bible the Apostle Paul is countering the temptation to exalt one person over another, and he gives this exhortation: “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” This statement is a arrow right to the heart of any pride we might take over someone else due to some ability we might have that others don’t, or maybe some success that has been bestowed upon us either financially or with a project or even in a responsibility we’ve been given the Church. Paul is saying, if you’ve ultimately been given everything by God why would you brag about what you did to get what you have? The Bible is clear (especially in Romans chapter 3) that we are all rebellious, undeserving sinners. But in Ephesians chapter 2 we are told, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
So how does this relate to blueberry farming? Easy; first of all I would not be alive physically and able to farm except for the grace and mercy of God from whom all things come. Secondly, we can work as hard as we did this last year and not produce one berry. Ultimately God brings the harvest (or not)! Really, we all deserve the “not” part, so anything we get is mercy!
We were blessed by a large crop this year and many new as well as veteran customers. Next year, God willing, the crop will be much larger. (As an aside, we would appreciate you continuing to spread the word about the farm here. I’m planning to implement more marketing strategies for the next season.)
So I would like to end on this note. We so much appreciate all of you who supported us this year! We thank all the “one visit” customers who purchased a small amount, because it all adds up. And we certainly thank those of you who came out many times and purchased many pounds of berries. The fact is, even though we love to serve the community, we also must have revenue to continue just like any business. So a big thank you to those of you who purchased berries! Also, I want to thank those of you who helped us get the ripening berries off the bushes when we were in “emergency mode”. I was a bit taken back (in a good way) by the amount of berries the bushes produced this year. So we needed to get the berries off of the bushes quickly and implemented the shares program. Hopefully next year, through increased word of mouth and marketing strategies, we will match the supply with the demand.
So, until next year, may you know the blessings of God in your lives and as you eat the berries in the middle of the cold winter, have fond memories of your picking experience at Lost Branch Blueberry Farm.
Robert (for the Price family)