“First plant your fields; then build your barn.” Proverbs 24:28
The morning sun shining through the window above my desk beckoned me to take a walk. Our “camp” is on a private lane. Most of our neighbor’s are weekenders–many still employed; others with homes that they can’t abandon for the entire summer. The beauty of this setting is that from Monday to Friday, it is quiet in the neighborhood. A morning walk gives me the opportunity to hear the birds sing, squirrels cluck, and to walk along the river instead of on the lane.
Across the lane is a small field of corn. About two weeks ago the farmer planted the seeds, and today as I walked I strolled along the field in amazement that the plants are nearly a foot tall already. When I was a kid, we used to say the corn would be knee high by the Fourth of July. I believe this corn will make it.
The scripture today from Proverbs tells us to plant the field and then build the barn. Solomon in his wisdom used this as a metaphor as if to say, “Get your act together before taking it on the road.” This morning I had a window of about one-and-a-half hours to write my blog. However, when I sat down, I realized I hadn’t planted the seed for what I would write about. I can’t produce a 250-word blog without inspiration from God.
Thank you, God, for my morning walk and the opportunity to be inspired by nature. Amen.