A farmer must have a very special heart. A nurturing and patient heart, I think.
You have to have faith,hope and endurance to plant a tiny seed, in the soil of the great, big Earth.
Then after planting that tiny seed, there are literally hundreds of things that CAN happen to prevent it from sprouting. That's where patience comes in.
Once it sprouts, the tiny seedling is vulnerable to more dangers as a tender little plant.
Once established the farmer watches (daily,if it's me) to see how the tiny plant is weathering the dangers.
The farmer endures the growing,blooming and producing fruit stages and then manages to reap the harvest and do it all over again!
My hat is off to the Farmer!!
And even more so to the ORGANIC FARMER!!!!!! (No poison in his arsenal to combat the ills that threaten his crop.)
You may think I am understanding these things because I am a farmer like this~~~~
6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: