Here we are starting a brand new year in which new lessons, joys, trials, and adventures will come. I am especially excited about 2018 because for my family it means welcoming our 4th (and last) child into the world!
I know this year will hold many more exciting things but this one is sticking out like a sore thumb. Maybe because I am only about 2 months away, so getting around is a little harder. Maybe because I am in a Nazi nesting mode getting my house all clean, organized and ready. Maybe it is sticking out to me because I know this is the beginning of the last chapter for our family.
But, even in all my natural preparing for this next year, I wanted to take time to prepare spiritually. I started by asking God for a word for 2018, like many of us do. I immediately felt like I heard a word. I wrote it down and how I felt God would want to apply it.
Then as I processed my word for the year and the year as a whole, I felt the Lord leading my heart to study the idea of planting.
As I studied the art of planting crops, I learned about something called crop rotation. Farmers won’t plant the same crop in the same soil time after time because it will actually cause the crops to stop growing, or struggle to grow. You see each crop pulls specific nutrients from the soil and so by rotating the crops you are getting the maximum use out of the soil. Also, when you plant the same thing in the same area, critters and bugs set up camp and stay in that area knowing what is to come.
So what does this have to do with us as we enter 2018? Well in many ways our heart is a soil and each year, or season we have an opportunity to start fresh and plant. And as the Bible states, we will reap what we sow. As I thought about this method of crop rotation, I began to wonder what do we need to rotate in our heart? How do we need to adjust our priorities for this new year? I wonder what critters have moved in that we are unaware of and the only way we are going to get rid of them is by moving somethings around? What in our lives isn’t really growing anymore because it has pulled out all the nutrients from the soil and needs a new ground to flourish?
As we enter this year with our lists of to-do’s, bucket list items, prayers, resolutions and even our worries and concerns, I would encourage you to take some time and examine your heart, your field. Ask what needs to move? What needs to go? What may have worked last year might not work this year. And then plant intentionally and boldly knowing the harvest is coming.
I said, “Plant the good seeds of righteousness and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts for now is the time to seek the Lord that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.”
I would love to hear from you and what you are “planting” or focusing on this year! May this year be a year of harvest for you and your family! Happy New Year Friends!