This patch of land has been covered for a year under a thick, dark, heavy sheet of plastic…anchored by an assortment of large rocks. While covering the land up kills the growth of weeds, grass and pretty much anything else- it also provided some time for the ground to rest and recover from the prior planting seasons. Last year, we didn’t have the opportunity to have a garden because of a series of events that took priority- so, we decided to cover our patch of dirt and leave it fallow.
According to Webster’s 1828, “Fallow” can mean a few different things:
-Unsowed; not tilled; left to rest after a year or more of tillage; as fallow ground; a fallow field.
-Left unsowed after plowing. The word is applied to the land after plowing.
-Unoccupied; neglected. [Not in use.]
I haven’t been writing on this blog so much lately. I think maybe God was urging me to plow some fields and let it rest for a bit. Neither unoccupied or neglected…nor unplowed and uncultivated. God has been teaching me a lot about being quiet. Listening. Watching. I am hoping for some clarity of purpose as well.
Fallow fields result in soil enrichment, improved fertility and reduces the build-up of contaminants and pests.
Much like my garden, I am waiting for the protective covering to be removed so I can receive some of the seeds God has in store for me.
New growth. It’s exciting.
A few weeks ago, the kids helped me place some seeds into the seed cups to prepare them for their growth outside. They seem to be thriving and I am looking forward to a bountiful summer harvest! Today, these young plants have been placed outside so they can acclimate to the great outdoors. I am praying for strong roots before they are transplanted into the garden and bear fruit (or vegetables, as the case may be).
I am looking forward to the time ahead of me…resting…and developing strong roots as I Bloom Where I am Planted.
Thank you for joining me on this adventure- even during fallow seasons.