So, what is the purpose of a scarecrow? Scarecrows are protectors. Scarecrows stand in the field, no matter the difficulty, be it heat or wet, windy or stagnant. The crop may be so good that virtually nothing could destroy it, or be so poor that it seems as though there is nothing to protect.
Whatever the situation, the scarecrow that is placed in the field, stays in the field until the harvest is complete. He never flinches. He is steadfast. The rains may soak him, the sun will bake him, and the winds tear at his clothes. The crows he is supposed to scare away may even light on him as if to mock his very presence. By harvest time there may be almost nothing left of him. He is spent, gaunt, and unrecognizable.
He did his job admirably. He did his best to protect the crop from the crows. His job is over. He is neither thanked nor paid. He is probably not even noticed. He canít even walk away.
So why would anyone want to be a scare crow?
It is not a matter of wanting. It truly is just a matter of being. You just be become because the sewer of the crop made you a scarecrow. You may not even know you are a scarecrow. You just know youíre in a field that could have crows attacking it and you will do your best to stop them. You werenít told to; you were just made that way. You do it because of who you are.
I want to be a good scarecrow. I want to be in a field with a healthy growing crop. The better the crop in my field, the more crows I should have to scare away. The farmer who made me gave me every thing I need. I cannot leave until the harvest, but I do not care to leave. I know my field is precious to the farmer and I will protect it at all cost. The few seeds he sowed will produce a great crop. I have a singular job with many facets. I am happy to help. Scarecrows appear humble and yet stand erect. I donít say much but I am in the middle of everything. I soak in all the elements around me. The only thing I really wish would happen is to be wrung out occasionally. I have taken in much. Maybe what is inside of me could help if it, too, was used.
When was the last time you saw a working scarecrow? We really donít use scarecrows anymore. They have disappeared. Science and technology have determined that scarecrows are not viable. The new ways are more attractive than the old ways. The fields seem to be too large. The scarecrows would jam up the harvest tools.
We still se them occasionally on a front porch rocking chair in the autumn. We consider them to be cute decorations. They appear after the harvest now, to celebrate the harvest, even though we did not use them to increase the harvest.
It is interesting to note, when scarecrows were in the field they were mounted on a cross. Now they sit in rocking chairs. The cross has been removed from their purpose. Itís like putting a scarecrow in a fallow field. There is no crop to protect so there are no hungry crows to scare away.
Our father in heaven sowed our seed on earth. He is expecting a great harvest. In order to protect His crop he sent Jesus. The Son was lifted on a cross, much as scarecrow. He scares away the evil attacking the crop. Even the crows at Golgotha could not touch the faithful there. But the criminal who rejected Christ was viciously attacked by the crows. The criminal chose to be in a field with out a scarecrow. He was not part of the harvest.
Imagine yourself to be a plant in a field. Your roots are dug in. Your stalk is raised up and your leaves are spread. Your new fruit is hanging on the vine and beginning to ripen. This is the time when the crows start to arrive. They are hungry. They donít care if your fruit was destined to be harvested by your farmer. They only wish to gorge themselves.
Now crows are not heroic creatures. They prefer to take without being challenged. They do not like being watched. So there is your scarecrow, placed on his cross, in the middle of your field. The crows do not like the idea of this scarecrow watching them plunder. Some crows just leave and try to find a field without a scarecrow. But there are a few crow think they can harass and attack into leaving the field. They donít know the scarecrow canít leave. They can peck at him, rip at him, and tear at him. Even so, the basic structure of the scarecrow, the cross, will remain. And all the time they were doing these things; the fruit on the vine ripened and was harvested.
Jesus is your scarecrow too. Do you see Him on His cross in your field during your growing time? Or are you in a field without a scarecrow? Are you waiting until after the harvest to put a scare crow on your front porch in a rocking chair? Is your scarecrow standing in a fallow field?
The harvest has not happened yet. Let us get our scarecrow out into the field so that the evil crows do not devour and reduce the harvest.