An Acre ~ Gentle Moments With God
Note: To understand the “but” in this verse, read James 3:14-16.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
James 3:17-18 ESV
Jon and I aren’t farmers, but we do have 35 acres of woods and wildflowers we get to roam. Seventeen of them are wildflower gardens. When we planted the first one-acre field, we had a dream, thousands of tiny seeds, rakes, our feet, and tenacity.
The ground was roughly prepped, and our rakes bounced over the lumps and bumps without touching the tiny seeds. So, we did the next best thing – we stomped them into the top layer of dirt, praying they would grow.
By the end of our planting, we were dirty, tired, and wondered if we might have wasted the money we invested in the seeds.
However, our goal had been to build a sanctuary of peace. So, we cleaned up and hoped.
We watched that acre daily. When seedlings sprouted, we were cautiously excited after all they could be noxious weeds and not the loveliness we hoped for.
Finally, tiny blades transformed into recognizable plants. Pink coneflowers, yarrow, yellow coneflowers, milkweed, and others thrived. In their midst, an unexpected harvest took place. Bees gathered pollen. Butterflies took in nectar. Birds ate and replanted seeds. The deer found a place of rest, and one spring, an orphaned fawn raised herself in the protection of the garden.
That acre is often the first place I go to celebrate, grieve, wonder as I wander, confess, sing, work out writing stuff, and ask God to give me His wisdom. The kind that is pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy, and good fruits.
Not long ago standing on the path in that lovely space, I asked God, “Who knew a single acre could do so much good?”
Well, of course, He did.
Until Next Time,