This morning God spoke something I wasn’t quite expecting. He told me I was in a “fallow” season. I think there maybe others reading who have also dealt with this feeling. You know, the feeling when it seems like God isn’t moving, working, or doing anything in your life. Yet, even in the suffering God promises to be with us, and to never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Sometimes farmers allow fields to lay fallow, or empty for a season so that in the future the field will bear a greater harvest. Ed Hamer of The Ecologist puts it this way in an article about fallow farmland,”The benefits of leaving land fallow for extended periods include rebalancing soil nutrients, re-establishing soil biota, breaking crop pest and disease cycles, and providing a haven for wildlife.”
It is our privilege to depend, and rest on God for contentment in every season… even in the fallow seasons. For God is sovereign and He allows us to have fallow seasons. Seasons where He “rebalances” us and when He “reestablishes” himself as Lord in our lives, and where he even breaks sinful thought patterns and cycles in our lives. We are to be content in every season, even the seemingly boring seasons.
Philippians 4:11 (NIV) says it like this, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians from experience. He’d participated in the sufferings of Christ first hand, just as every Christ-follower will participate in the suffering that comes along with denying yourself the pleasures of the world, and giving yourself fully to the Lord. Paul had been imprisoned, shipwrecked, hungry, lonely, tempeted, frustrated and the list could go on. What trials are you dealing with? What sufferings are you participating with Christ in? And is it worth it? Is losing your life, for the sake of gaining the joy that is in Christ worth it to you? There is an unspeakable joy in knowing Christ Jesus. He is the perfect friend, savior, and God, and those descriptions don’t even begin to describe the fullness of who God is and can be in our lives. Paul later writes that the secret to that contentment is knowing that he can do all things through Christ who gives Him strength. Hebrews 12:2 says that Christ endured the cross for the joy set before him. Yes! We may have quiet seasons, seasons where it seems like nothing’s is happening, and just plain boring seasons, but in the midst of those circumstances where is your joy found? When God is allowing certain things in your life, He is also growing you and molding you to look more like himself, for his glory (even when it doesn’t feel like anything is happening).
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.- Hebrews 12:2
Just in case you’re interested in farming 😉 Ed Hamer’s article is linked: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/other_comments/269443/fallow_and_fertile.html