Sometimes Barren Fields Are Most Beautiful

Photo copyright © Michelle Holderman

There's just something really beautiful about a barren field to me. I love the way it looks. I love how big and open it is. I love its simplicity. I love to photograph it.

Even though nothing is tangibly growing, a barren field holds great potential; a field of dreams, if you will. This is rather symbolic of some seasons we go through in our lives.

Sometimes we're planting and sowing. Sometimes we're waiting for the harvest to come in. And sometimes we're yielding and reaping great abundance.

Then there are other times we're just sitting dormant with nothing special going on. Or so it seems.

If you know anything about farming or gardening, then you know a great deal goes on beneath the surface during these times. In other words, underground is where all the action is at. Many important preparatory things take place out of sight here and this process is what readies the ground for it's next growing cycle.

Every so many years, a field needs to sit out an entire growing season so the ground can replenish itself. It is the equivalent of resting and it's necessary.

So it is with us.

Sometimes, God places us in a kind of dormancy in order to prepare us for what lies ahead. And we need these seasons of silence, inactivity, and rest in order to produce greater harvests in the future.

These rest periods can feel really good; like a much-needed break. For some, however, it might not feel all that good, especially if it's for longer than we'd like. We can start feeling overlooked and forgotten after a while; maybe even lonely and uninspired.

Still, while there doesn't seem to be anything remarkable happening during this time, He is at work deep within us, beneath the surface. He's at work replenishing us and readying us to grow what He has planted in the soil of our hearts and spirits. He's preparing us to grow out our purpose. And this is a necessary and refining process that leaves us matured with finer potential.

Yes, those big, full fields beaming with their ripe bounty sure are an amazing sight to see. But sometimes, barren fields are most beautiful.

- Michelle

Michelle Holderman

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  1. Wonderful post Michelle. So much insight in your words. I often forget what God has going on below the surface. Below what we can see, feel, taste.

    1. Thanks so much, Renee. I have to remind myself of this too. Hugs my friend.