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Fallow ground
Tue Apr 3, 2018 08:23

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” HOSEA 10:12 KJV

This morning in my daily reading I came across this Scripture, and just like a scratchy record, for those of us who remember records, I just kept reading it over and over. It kept pulling me back to the word “sow.” How important it is to break up the ground and sow seed into our lives and the lives of others. This is a great Scripture, but I am also stuck on a story that my Granny told me many times. It’s a story about looking back. Papa didn’t look back much, he just kept on doing what he was doing.
Out side my window there is a creek, before the highway came through you could see the two fields that were on the other side of the creek. These fields at one time were plowed each spring to prepare them for crops. One year my Granny and Papa were each plowing with horses and plows, when it blew up a rain so they decided to take the horses to the barn. Papa finished his row and headed across the creek to the barn, Granny was finishing hers when the plow hooked on a large rock and lifted it up. As she stepped into the hole the plow gently released the rock and laid it on her leg. Her horse continued on to the barn. She hollered at Papa, but he never looked back. In the rain she lay there stuck under that rock. Papa was taking care of his horse in the barn when he noticed Granny’s horse and also noticed that she was not there. He went back to the field and lifted the rock so Granny could get out from under it. She never forgot about Papa not looking back, and after almost seventy years she told the story as if it had happened just yesterday.
I am also reminded of a Scripture in which Jesus said, “No man having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 KJV) When you are plowing and look back you will make a crooked furrow. Keep your eyes on the prize. Thanks for letting me share this. Every day God does for me what I could not do for myself………wolf

This also is the work of man. Each must break up the ground of his own life. Fallow ground is that which has been plowed but not sown; ground not in use; idle ground crusted over and hardened until it needs to be broken up again to receive the seed. Our hearts and wills must be broken and yielded to God. We must make ourselves willing to receive the Word of God and to obey it or seeking Him will not avail us anything.

    • Walmart stuffwolf, Thu Apr 12 08:14
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      • It is a choice ...Baruch, Tue Apr 17 07:02
        which is why it is a commandment ... Honor your father and mother. Not easy to do, given that your parents are fallible humans. Without our ancestors, warts and all, we wouldn't be here to appreciate ... more
    • A timely message for me ...Baruch, Fri Apr 6 05:39
      Though I an preparing for retirement, retirement isn't the end. I have over 40 years of work life and family life to till, that I have been too busy to till. Shalom
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