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Buckwheat
Scripture: Jesus  said, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
(John 9: 4 NKJV)
Buckwheat
   Most people are probably familiar with the word ‘buckwheat’ only when followed by the word ‘pancakes.’ Buckwheat flour comes from the seeds of a plant (scientifically known as Fagopyrum of the family Polygonaceae) classified as an herb. It has “alternate leaves, clusters of apetalous pinkish white flowers, and triangular seeds,” and some other attributes that give me something to think about. Buckwheat is purported to be a soil conditioner, valuable for improving the fertility and friability of poor soils. Honeybees turn the nectar from the blooms into a dark, pungent honey, cherished by some people. A warm weather plant, it is often planted following the harvest of an earlier maturing crop, such as wheat. Enough reasons, I thought, to try growing some. Buckwheat is not at all like the ‘wheat’ in its name. It is not a grass, nor a legume, like many other farm-grown plants. The early leaves somewhat resemble those of a bean, the blossoms are similar, but buckwheat ‘marches to its own drummer,’ so to speak. I had always heard about the way honeybees ‘work’ the blossoms of the buckwheat. When my little patch began blooming, I religiously checked every day when I got home from work. Not a bee - nary a one - did I see. Not until the weekend, when a Saturday morning observation revealed a buckwheat patch that literally echoed with busy, buzzing bees. Then, about noon, dead silence! I went back and re-read the section about buckwheat in my beekeeper’s book. Aha! The plant ceases to produce nectar about midday. Analogy: So what if you have read the Bible; go back and read it again. And again. And . . . Analogy: Keep an open mind about people, things, and especially God’s Way. Expect the unexpected, something new, something out of the ordinary. I found another unique characteristic about the buckwheat plant: the seeds do not develop or ripen all at the same time, like many other plants. It continues to bloom and develop seeds throughout its growing season, right up until the autumn killing frosts. Analogy: If you want to emulate a plant, choose the buckwheat. Hey! - keep on growing, keep on blooming right up until the final ‘frost’ and harvest. I’ve seen too many people that are like corn, wheat, or beans: they ‘ripen’ early, go to ‘seed’ and then just sit there, waiting for the harvest - (the grim reaper?) Analogy: Buckwheat has the ability to improve poor soils. May you possess the ability to improve poor souls. Oh! Think about that schedule the buckwheat plant keeps. Sure, keep the place buzzing part of the day, but cut back and enjoy the sunshine some too! Be fruitful: Nectar for the bees, flour (and honey) for the famished, and enough seed to keep the kingdom growing. That’s buckwheat!
   

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