Faith, Culture & The Church
"In Him [Christ] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."
(Ephesians 2:22, NIV)
(Ephesians 2:22, NIV)
I don't know how much you know about farming. But my guess is that I am one of few who spent her days feeding cows, picking rocks from the fields, and living life based on the seasons of the ground--ploughing, planting, harvesting, more harvesting, rest.
Growing up on a farm wasn't totally out of the ordinary in the small town where I lived. I had friends who lived similar lifestyles, and I thought nothing of the uniqueness of it. Now that I am older, and my years on the farm or long in the distance, I realize just how blessed I was to have learned the ways of agriculture. Not just because of the farm-to-table trend or the fact that I know where our food comes from (hard-working and brilliant men and women who spend their lives providing for the nutritional needs of our country). But also because of the truths and stories of the Bible ring true to me in ways that I know they wouldn't if I hadn't seen the metaphors that are set inside them in real life.
This phrase kept going over and over in my mind today as I was running: If you want to plough new ground, you have to venture into new fields.
I am not sure how it got there, but it was my companion for the road. And as I mulled it over, I truly wondered at the message of it. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that to plough new ground, one needs a new field. This is a simple truth. In the physical it makes sense. I am guessing one without farm experience would not have trouble understanding this concept.
So as I ran I kept trying to think of verses about ploughing that would help me understand what the Lord has put into my thoughts for this day. Hosea came to mind.
But in Hosea 10:12, the author is not penning farming advice. In our souls and in our journey toward heaven with Jesus, there is also ground that needs ploughing and ground waiting to be ploughed. But we have to go to that unploughed ground in order to start. This is hard work. This may bring fear, but if God asks it of us, who are we to say no?
Friends, we can't plough new ground if we don't venture into new fields. Choose today to go find the new field and invite the Holy Spirit in to help you get some ploughing started.