Sometimes Barren Fields Are Most Beautiful- A Word by 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
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
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
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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
Yes, those big, full fields beaming with their ripe bounty sure are an
amazing sight to see. But sometimes, barren fields are most beautiful.
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