My favorite farmer tugs the string on a stitched bag, opening a new season of hope.
The farmer’s repeated refrain echoes in my chest again: “God’s got it.”
That’s the only way we can plant anything in this world: knowing that God’s got it.
We can cultivate soil and dress fields for planting. We can buy the designer seeds and use GPS technology to apply the fertilizer.
But the real power of beginnings — the Genesis of all we do — erupts from “God’s-Got-It.”
“In the beginning, God …”
At the edge of an Iowa field, on a clear spring morning, my favorite farmer plant seeds today. And he relies on dirt and life-sustaining breath of God to do the hard work.
Then God said,
“Let the land produce vegetation. …
And God saw that it was good.”
— Genesis 1:11, 12
God “let” it.
He is the One who declared it so, the One who “let” it. Then He saw it, and He labeled it all good.
Yes, “God’s got it” — not just in the fields, but in our homes and churches and neighborhoods and soccer fields and cubicles and classrooms.
Genesis power pulses within us, by way of a God who knelt down, scooped dirt into His hands and breathed very life into us.
Oh, that I would remember that “God’s got it” in all areas of life. Oh, that I would not attempt to take place of very God. Might I let go, and “let God?”
Instead, I ….
convince the husband,
persuade the children,
alter the circumstances,
change her mind,
save the world (single-handedly!),
fix the friend,
prompt the response,
control the outcome,
fall in a heap of utter exhaustion.
I want Farmer-Style Surrender.
A farmer has no choice but to surrender to the God who swells the seed with the warmth of His breath. The farmer opens Earth, drop seeds and leaves the rest to a Genesis God who carries things to completion.
Yes, I want Farmer-Style Surrender.
On the edge of a field, as my favorite farmer plants first seeds and new beginnings, God whispers Truth, Spirit to spirit:
“You plant some seeds, Jennifer, and I’ll handle the rest. Let go, let Me. I’ve got it.”
Each Wednesday, I join Ann Voskamp as we Walk With Him. Weekly, we explore spiritual practices that draw us nearer to the heart of God. This week, we consider: “Cultivating the Life God Desires.” And I am reminded that I can cultivate the life, and I can plant some seeds, but I need to leave the rest to the God who’s got it.
And Father? When you look upon all that You’ve made,
may You find it very, very good.