This weekend my husband and I went out on 4-Wheelers to check up on our soybean crop. Our field was planted a little later and we wanted to see how it was fairing compared to ones in the area (typical farmer thing to do) and see how wet it has become with all the rain. As usual, some areas are wetter than others and the soybeans look better in some areas than others.
To be completely honest, when it comes to house plants and gardens, I’ve never been known for my green thumb. In fact, that honor goes to the eldest of my brothers (he’s amazing, works hard and has a real gift for it!). So for Adam & I to be growing a whole field of soybeans, well…let just say it takes a lot of prayer! Fortunately, much of how they grow depends upon the weather and not my watering abilities.
Just as our crop depends on the weather for its sun and rain, I depend upon the Lord for keeping me growing and going each day. Whenever I try to go out on my own, I get burned out and go nowhere.
Unlike the soybeans in our field (which have no decision making skills), it is up to me to pursue that relationship with the Lord so I can continually be fed and grow.
“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity, Amen.” 2 Peter 3:17-18
As a plant grows in the ground, it’s root system become more complex and deep, as long as there are good conditions. If it is too wet, the roots are shallow and the plant becomes more susceptible to strong winds and being torn out. When it is too dry, the root system is also week, but often times uses all of it’s energy to dig down deeper to find moisture than to develop more fruit or grain.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19
While we are extremely excited to officially be growing our first field of soybeans, it is a reminder of how excited the Lord is when he sees His young seedlings in the faith grow to know Him more and be strongly rooted into the vine. While each field is a reflection of the farmer who cares for it (with the exception of uncontrollable weather events of course), He loves to watch His children flourish in His name and be a reflection unto Christ and His actions and love.
Surrender yourself to Christ, make an effort to pursue that relationship, and let the Lord change you, mold you and grow you to be a vessel bearing fruit to share with others who are created by God!