The farmer steps down from his tractor to receive noontime visitors. Two of his visitors run his direction before I have time to step out of the van with the tray of food we’ve prepared.
“Daddy!” they call.
The girls and I have brought the farmer his lunch: cheese, sausage and soynuts made here on the farm.
A few more hours of planting, he says, and this field will be done. He’ll be home by supper.
Was it three weeks ago that we were wondering how this would all turn out, when we were wondering how he would plant this farm without his dad? And now here we were, securely on the back side of the planting season.
Great is Thy faithfulness.
Scott finishes his lunch, and I promise to check the fields up the hill. We joke about whether I’d find anything springing up through planted Earth — or whether I’d find only a field a dirt.
“God wouldn’t do that to us, would He?” Scott says, and winks.
We both know better than to think God would turn His back on us. This planting thing is His deal anyhow. We merely scrape back Earth to drop in seeds, in small acts of hope. But God is the keeper of the promise, the life in the seed.
The girls and I drive west, then south, toward the fields up the hill, to find the promise fulfilled.
O Lord, If Grace is the thing that happens when You reach done to us, may we offer something that reaches back up? Today, on this Day of Rest, we join with the Earth and give our praise to you.
Dear Reader: We plant hope, too — you and I — with our words. Whether we write them in blogs, or whisper them in prayer, or speak them to our children, or offer them to our neighbor — we all plant hope with our words.
For the last week, we’ve been on a journey here at Getting Down With Jesus, exploring “Why We Blog.” Many of you have shared your own journeys, and I’m delighted you participated. May the fruit of your labor be evident in the word-fields that you tend.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. — 1 Corinthians 15:58
“Seed Planters” in the “Why We Blog” writing project:
Arianne at the Pfizenmaier Tales, with her post and beautiful photo.
Jennifer Dorhauer at More Than Just Adam’s Rib offers this post
, which offers a lovely reminder of the written legacy we leave our children.
(Welcome, Arianne and Jennifer. You two are blessings. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you through this project, and through your blogs.)
Others who posted earlier this week include:
Sarah Lopez at God’s Not Finished With Us Yet with her post and photo collage.
mom2six at Treasures of Darkness, with her post.
Chrissy at A Pastor’s Wife … The Faith Journey. Here is her post.
Christy Rose at The Secret Life of an American Wife and Mom. Her post: “Why I Blog.”
Spaghettipie hosted a similar series at her blog last year. Here’s her contribution to this project.
Lyla Lindquist at A Different Story, with “Why We Blog: Blame it on the Grasshoppers.”
James Oh at Christian Walk Toward Destiny, with “Why We Blog”.
Valerie at Simply 4 God, with It’s My Blogoversary.
isumom at ISU and Other Life Details, with Why I Blog.