Plowing fields…

“Plow your unplowed fields, but then don’t plant weeds in the soil.” Jeremiah 4:3b

imageWhat are my unplowed fields? A field that has been harvested leaves behind stumps and stalks, downed grain, and residue of chemicals from fertilizer and weed killers.

Preparing the field for the next harvest takes organization. Which crop can benefit from the soil that captured nutrients from the last crop? Soy beans leave behind rich nitrogen as a natural fertilizer. It is good to plant corn in that field for a better yield. However, if the fields are not properly prepared, the new seeds may not penetrate the crusty soil, and they will dry out from exposure to the sun or rot from moisture.

We can learn from proper ways to farm for best production to enhance our own lives. For me, plowing the field is like opening a Bible or a new inspirational book and working through it to enrich my mind. God plants seeds into scripture that need to be cultivated to become enriched in the spirit. Once the seeds begin to sprout, they need to be watered and cultivated to grow and mature. Without a disciplined plan of prayer and study, the faith field becomes open to complacency.

God gives us what we need to be good farmers of the word for our faith growth. It is up to us to get the tools out and head to the fields.

Thank you, God, for giving us good tools for our faith growth. Amen.


About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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