I’ve written a few posts about the untapped potential the Bible refers to as fallow ground. That’s the ground or territory or field you have that has been laying dormant for too long. It’s the book idea rattling around in your head that you keep saying you’re going to write. It’s the business idea you know you can start and it will be better than similar ones you know of. It’s the innovation you’ve come up with in your mind but have never even built a prototype.
Well, it’s time! But you can’t just throw good seed, good ideas and great inspiration on fallow ground. It must be broken up. It must be softened. The rocks and the weeds need to be removed. So let’s talk about that. What are the rocks?
The rocks are the hard places in your past that are painful reminders of loss or hurt or damage of some kind. They will hinder a successful harvest. In the natural, they are the result of heat, pressure and lack of water. In your life, they are the result of fiery trials, intense pressure and lack of the continuing supply of God’s word and Spirit applied to those situations. Maybe you were too young, too naïve, etc., but that doesn’t matter. Rocks are rocks and they are still there. They must be removed.
What you may not know is that rocks of all sizes are buried deep in the ground. Through the movement of the earth, those rocks slowly work their way to the surface where the farm implement usually hits them. If you leave them in the field, weeds will grow up around them and spread through your field, choking out the good crop.
Just like the farmers field, your heart has rocks buried deep by the hard things of the past that slowly make their way to the surface. You may be 35 or 40 years old before you even realize some of what is buried inside you. But when it surfaces… When that pain comes to the surface, it’s time to simply remove it. Acknowledge its presence and ask God to reveal the lie it’s been speaking to you. Then ask Him to show you the Truth. He will. When He does, leave it with Him and move forward.
In an upcoming blog, I will discuss the weeds that must be dealt with before you plant your dream and spend your labor unwisely. But for now, ask God to show you the rocks that are hindering your successful harvest. You can usually find them where the weeds are. If you don’t know what the weeds are, be sure to read my upcoming post on that, but they are summarized by Jesus in the Parable of the Sower.
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