Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is …Â Break.
Sitting with the word before me, it was easy to let my thoughts turn to all that is broken in our world. There is not a part of society which is not broken be it in our education, financial, political, religious, or personal aspects of life.
Maybe it is because we are coming into this holy time – Palm Sunday, and the onset of Holy Week. We tend to be more reflective, and should be. The verse comes quietly into my thoughts and reaching for my Bible, the words are before me:
“Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you.”
(Hosea 10:12, NASB)
“Break up your fallow ground.” Not a term we use much unless we’re farmers. Fallow ground is land which could be productive but isn’t. It is land that has not been tilled (broken up), it’s not prepared for use, it can be a little hardened.
And here we are told to break up our fallow ground, our hearts. The part of our lives we have let go and has lacked productivity. There are parts of our lives, talents and abilities if you will, which we could be using for to bring about good.
It’s time, for each of us to do a little introspective work, allowing the Lord to break up those parts of us which have gotten a little hardened from lack of use.
We need to seek Him and let Him break up those parts till they are soft and once again pliable in His hands. Let Him teach us until He once again rains blessing on our lives and brings a harvest of righteousness.
“Let His love rain down upon youBreaking up your fallow ground Let it loosen all the binding Till only tenderness is found
Don’t let your heart be hardenedDon’t let your love grow cold.”
(from “Don’t Let Your Heart Be Hardened” by Petra)