I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have guessed that 2020 would turn out this way! Everything has changed – from grocery shopping to having coffee with a friend, to worshipping in church and sending kids to school, just to name a few. From March until August, I mostly felt like I was walking through a thick fog, barely able to see to take one more step. Maybe you felt this way too – wondering how to work, live, worship, relate, and generally make sense of… well, anything.
If so, I want to share a word of hope with you. It is from Hosea 10:12: “Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD…” I had to look up the definition of “fallow ground.” I learned that it is the land left idle for a season after plowing so that it can regain fertility. Many times there are weeds and bugs and it looks bad. But God tells us, “Break it up! I want to grow something there!”
In my life, the fallow ground has been in the areas of: family relationships, dreaming again, developing new skills and starting a business, to name a few. I suspect this word looks different in all of our lives, but I believe it’s a word for this time. Where is your fallow ground? In what ways is God showing you how to break it up so it’s useable again?
By Joy Howard