I originally posted this in October 2008 on a blog I used to write for, but is no longer in existence.
A recent trip took me took me to the small farming community in Southern Indiana where my grandparents live. Grandpa is a farmer and has been all his life. I am a city girl, but over the years have learned a little about farming.
With the end of the summer growing season some of the fields are still full of their bounty and others have been harvested. All that remains in those harvested fields are the dried stalks of what was previously growing there. They are brown and seem somewhat desolate. They aren’t as vibrant and beautiful as fields in full bloom.
Our lives are like fields. We have times of great produce and harvest. We blossom and grow. Our lives are productive and God is able to use us. Don’t we all wish our lives could look like that all the time?
The truth is that we need the fallow times. When we are full of life and energy we give and that depletes us. It is the fallowness of our lives at times that allow God to replenish us and rebuild. He is just as active in those times and we are better for that activity. It allows us to blossom again in season.
The seasons come and go in our lives the same as in nature. We need both growth and rest to live a full Christian life. The next time you are fallow search out those ways that God is working to restore you and remember the giving season will come again.