You see a field.
It is green, pastured, tilled.
The soil is soft, moist, deep, rich in colour and minerals.
In your hand are the smallest seeds of the most beautiful things you can imagine to grow. Because they are unique. They are yours.
They are You.
And you scatter the seeds over the rich dark soil, almost in slow motion. You walk over the soft moist earth feeling the earth's body between your toes and underfoot, and you throw your seed, it fans out from your palm and fingers and lightly falls over the ground.
Fresh rain has fallen lightly like a heavy mist over the past 4-5 days, and now the sun is coming out from behind the clouds, offering warmth, comfort, hope, and a great promise.
We want to have this field as one we own! But take into account the hours of labor, the toll it has paid on our hands, backs, arms, as well as the days, perhaps weeks of preparation of the soil, the turning of the soil, perhaps some organic additives to preserve and enrich the mineral content, and of course the long process of sowing the seeds. Maybe you are like me - there are a variety of crops you desire to produce! Peonies, asparagus, coriander, mint, gerberas, lilies, passionfruit, citrus, fig, ginger - in your spiritual garden, You can Plant Anything! And the beauty is, you know you can only reap from what you have sown!
One of my sisters in the Lord had an amazing vision of a flower with an incredible aroma of being not only floral but something she desired to eat - she said the explosion of colour, smell and texture blew her senses, even though this was spiritual, she knew God was giving her something possible to attain to, something just for her!
Genesis 1 v8 says
Now the Lord God hand planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.
Adam was the man , literally meaning "humanity" from the Hebrew word "adamah", meaning ground, earth or land.
He was made from the earth, and he tended it. It was his source of joy! and his sustenance! What an amazing gift to be given the perfect and first garden ever!
Genesis 1 v9 goes on
In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The tree of life comes from the Hebrew "hay", meaning alive, fresh, strong, a living thing literally and figuratively.
The tree of knowledge is made up of good being Hebrew "tob", meaning all things bountiful, beautiful and prosperous, and is also made up of evil from the Hebrew "ra", meaning ill, hurt, distress, affliction, adversity, sadness, trouble and sorrow. I do not believe we can have one without the other, otherwise how can we identify what is Good if everything is Good?
Genesis 1 v10:
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there).
v13: The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris (the Great River of Daniel chapter 10); it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates (meaning "break forth", "rushing").
So here is where I am getting at!
You are sitting, or standing in Your Field. Yes. Your life is your field.
For most of us, our field is full of stuff we barely recognise: it's a shambles. Mixed up and messed up. Is it organic, pallatible even? We have got so used to living with it, we are ready to defend it!
Even the "ra" - Brokenness, unforgiveness, bitter root judgments, jealousy, resentment, gossip (even those words you spoke 25 years ago are still lying in your field). You look around at your feet and beyond, and you start to recognise among the debris, the dirt and the garbage, fragments of your past. The stuff of what you have sown has grown and is around you - it has grown around your feet, into your life, and the ones you love, your children are recipients of your reaping.
The sowing and reaping principle is for us all.
The Bible says in Job chapter 4 v8:
Those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.
v 12-13 :
A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it. Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people...
chapter 5 v3-5:
I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed. His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender. The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
So where are you today?
What is the condition of your field?
Is it beautifully ploughed yielding a spotless crop and abundant?
Possibly, there are some growths that need to be removed. Uprooted, Weeded out.
Again, where are you today? How far ahead can you see?
Are you living in a week to week mentality?
Monthly, annual, maybe you can see up to five years into the future. You have plans! With your spouse, family, a goal at university, saving plans for a house, a car, a holiday, a financial plan to secure investments for your future.
But describe to yourself the field that you have sown.
What is in it, and what are you getting back from it?
What is your harvest?
We are responsible for our past, our present, and our future. Nobody else. Our life is our decisions. Our choices.
The Word teaches us in Deuteronomy chapter 30 v 11 - 16:
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
Plow your field. Sow good seeds. So you can reap an amazing and abundant crop.
In this way, we are choosing a Life, so that we, and our kids, and our grandkids, may Live in hope of a blessing beyond our dreams while we are commanded to Love the Lord our God, to Acknowledge Him, Listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is our life (v19-20).
And our vision, and our field, will be endless.
Lots of Love, God bless you heaps! - Deborah Monro