Tuesday, August 16, 2011
As I TRY to wait patiently for the next season to arrive, I am wringing my hands over these precious baby plants my daughter started for the family fall garden. I think the shift has started as the daytime temps drop to the low 90's and nightime temps tease us with delightful 60's and 70's. I am reminded that God is sovereign as I wait (wringing my hands) and bathe my baby plants with prayer. Only our heavenly Father knows the real 10 - day forecast (though there are those that say they know), and once again we come face to face with how all of creation is in His hands. We farmers and gardeners have an unfair sneak peak of just how truly dependent we are on Him. We choose to live a life of greater deliberate dependence on Him as we try to till the garden and tend the sheep, dependent on it all for our food. Others who choose the other life are at such a disadvantage as they drive to Wal-mart for their daily bread, and they miss, I feel, a direct connection with our Father. There is no brick building with a greeter and air-conditioning in my garden (although I have often daydreamed of such this past summer). No barrier between my hands (and those of my children and husband) and the delicious food that ends up on the table. I am very aware of the Fall, the curses, the sweat, the WEEDS, and sometime tears as I partner with my Father to live the life I believe He has called my family (and recently I have dared to say "us", meaning the Church as a whole) to live. Might we, the beautiful bride of Christ, if we dare to live the way Israel was told by our Father to live (as agrarian seperatists), experience a much deeper, richer spiritual life? And be in a better position to witness to the walking dead we live among and provide for the Church's needs as we are commanded to do according to His Word IF we are independent from the world and it's systems of provision and instead dependent on our precious Lord and His systems of provision? It is all laid out in His holy word...how to provide food, who to provide it for, how to live with each other, who we should live with (and who not to), how to spend our money, how to govern ourselves and others, the list goes on and on. It's all there. We already know that the world's way does not work, and is not getting better the longer we wait to see if it will. Christ's church will have a literal victory on this earth. It is not all getting worse and worse until we all are vaporized to heaven. God is preparing His church not to just survive to suffer with the pagans. God is preparing His church to endure so that when the world and it's system fail, we will be able to do what He has called us to do. Glorify Him, feed the hungry, clothe the naked. We will be that light on the hill, a real hill, on this earth. What a mighty God we serve!