Where I live, fields of corn, wheat, and soybeans are commonplace. Of course, all winter long the fields have consisted of dead stubble. It always seems kind of discouraging to me to look at those huge fields of deadness, week after week, month after month.
But this morning as I drove by some of those dead-looking fields, it occurred to me that in actuality, each of these fields is a site of future abundant life.
Sometimes we look out over our lives and we see a lot of deadness; it may seem like, cumulatively, there is a whole field of deadness in our life. It can be discouraging, for sure.
But just as the field can be plowed and planted with new seed, so our lives can be the same!
We can ask God, through Jesus Christ, to forgive us of our sins and to heal us from those sins of the past done to us by others.
Then, we can choose a different kind of seed to plant in our lives. As I mentioned here a few days ago, whatever we sow we will reap, so we must choose to sow what we want to reap! And, if we want a whole field of that fruit, we must not be stingy in the sowing of that seed.
If we want love and kindness in our lives, we must sow love and kindness. If we want joy in our lives we must sow joy.
But we can’t just fabricate the seed ourselves; God makes the seed.
It is by His Word and His Holy Spirit that we can have these seeds to sow in the lives of others.
Look out at the field of your life. Where you see deadness, envision life.
Then, ask God to help you know how to plant new seed so that those places can be future places of life and beauty. Ask Him to work the ground in those places that are not your responsibility to do so, i.e. someone else’s heart. Work the ground of your own heart and get under the “sprinkler” of God’s Word for watering. Pray for a good harvest. Pray for the Lord to bless the harvest.
Today I am thankful that fields of deadness will soon be places of new life!
I’m also thankful that God can bring new life into the deadness of our situations!
I’m thankful that He provides both the seed and the water of His word and that He brings about the miracle of new life and growth in us and in those we love!
What about you? Have you been discouraged by the deadness of pain, abuse, illness, or sin in your life? Do you sometimes despair of ever seeing the deadness gone, replaced by new life? Will you believe with me that God is able to do anything? Nothing is too hard for Him!
“Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord….” Hosea 10:12 NASB
“whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 NASB