“Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate!” Joel 2:21 (The Message Bible)
From my table where I sit and write, I can see an Iowa cornfield with eight-to-ten inch high stalks reaching toward the sky. If I were to walk between the rows, I’d see weeds waiting to take over the plants. I used to walk cornfields and pull out weeds—a nasty job with corn leaves swiping my face, cutting at my legs. Farmers no longer walk the fields; chemicals are sprayed on the weeds and they remain in the field, withered and dried up, until the land is tilled.
The earth is capable of feeding the mass of people all over the world (if the food can get to the starving). During the growing process, the fields provide a canvas of beauty–as God provides in his people, too. However, I often feel like a cornstalk in which weeds threaten to take over my life. I tell myself I’m not good enough—not experienced enough—not smart enough—not well enough prepared. But God sends his chemical—the Holy Spirit—to rid me of all doubt, and God provides me strength to produce fruit worth sharing.
Dear God, the earth around me reminds me that you care about me, too. Amen.