Sweet Corn in February

Silver Queen corn is hard to beat. Sweet white corn which seems to melt in your mouth. Lots of butter and some salt make it even better! Many freeze corn in late summer to enjoy during the winter months. In the winter the taste of delicious sweet corn makes you forget the hard day’s work that went into preparing it.

Our family just finished preparing nearly four hundred ears of corn. We started early in the morning and did not finish to some time in the afternoon—usually we celebrate by having pizza! You begin by husking each ear and removing all the corn silk. Then it must be boiled for three minutes and dropped into cold water to cool briefly. This is followed by stripping the corn from the cob and placing it in freezer bags. It is a lot of work, and a lot to clean up. (It helps to live next to a corn field where you can dump the husks and cobs!)

When working hard to prepare corn for enjoyment during the cold days of winter, one cannot help but think of the Biblical principle, "Suffer now, glory later." Throughout Scripture the Christian is instructed to be working and suffering now, but with the expectation of the glory that is to follow in the future. The risen Lord spoke of this on the road to Emmaus. "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" Paul spoke of it. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Rom. 8:18) Peter too speaks of this truth. "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" (1 Pet. 1:7)

This should be an encouragement to all who suffer and labor for the Lord. The reward is not now, but later. Man seeks his glory now, only to have it fade away. "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:" (1 Peter 1:24) Believers on the other hand suffer now, but look forward "to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven…," (1 Pet. 1:4) Those who labor in caring for the Lord’s sheep, are also encouraged by the fact that " when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

So when we are enjoying the delicious sweet corn in the cold days of February, it can remind us of this truth, "Suffer now, glory later."