2 Corinthians 9:6 KJV But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Hosea 10:12 AMP Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of salvation upon you.
One of my more productive distractions has been building and planting a raised bed vegetable garden at my new house. Of all the litany of things cluttering the past few weeks, this one has given me the most joy. Perhaps it was a subconscious desire to put down roots and put my hands and feet in the soothing earth. Or of my hope for these next three years that I all too often lose sight of, that during this period of academic theological reflection and pastoral training, I want to "soweth bountifully" as Paul says. I desire God's abundance in my actions. But my uncentered current state makes myself like untilled ground, hard-packed and resistant to new life. As my new garden required me to put hours into preparing the soil before I planted the many seeds last week, so it is time for me to "break up [my] uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord," as Hosea says.
Thank you, God, for your promise to teach me centered righteousness and rain your salvation upon the soil of my life.