I wasn't planning to spend this evening/night canning tomatoes. In fact, I had filled every single one of my empty canning jars and thought I was finished doing tomatoes for the year!
Late this morning, our neighbor called and asked me if I could use some tomatoes. I had no idea how many she had for me -- just that they were "getting pretty ripe". I said I'd take them, and next thing I knew, I had about 3/4 bushel of tomatoes on my back doorstep!
At first glance, I wondered if I had just accepted 3/4 bushel of composting material (i.e. rotten tomatoes!) but there was actually a lot of good ones in there and they did indeed need to be used immediately.
My mom was already headed our way this evening and she dropped off some quart canning jars. I'm still working on canning the last of the 16 quarts of tomato juice I made!
One of the things I learned from my parents' example was not to waste. When God said that He would provide all of our needs, He didn't say that it would be done in the way we wanted, at the time that we wanted. Being willing to work hard and sacrifice leisure time in order to accept His blessings is something I still work on being disciplined about.
Did I need the extra tomatoes right now? No, I didn't. But what if next year's need was being supplied right now -- and I refused it? How can we throw away food today and yet expect tomorrow's needs to be supplied?