025007 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.13You have plowed wickedness;
You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
Because you trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your mighty men.
Growing up in a place where plowing and preparing soil was a way of life the passage above speaks volumes to me. It is about the heart of the individual. I often wonder whether or not if I had lived apart from the world if I would be better able to “feel” the pain and joy of other people. As it is I have made it a practice to not be swayed by excesses of emotions whether they were happening in front of me by other folks or if there were storms raging within my own soul. I have always felt the need to weigh the impact of my responses to those types of situations and have studiously avoided those excesses out of an abundance of caution. Whether that is wisdom or cowardice I cannot say.
“Breaking up the fallow ground” of my heart implies a vulnerability to God’s Holy spirit that down through my years of pastoral service I have seen to be transformative, and at times frightening. In the end though, I believe that it is best to follow the truth of Scripture and to allow that same spirit to shape our emotional responses to what we are going through. Go ahead. Ask Him to “drive the plough point deep “. You might just be surprised.