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The Point of the Plow
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By David Vanderpool
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I would like to introduce this poem for the sake or those who may not be familiar with farming.  A term that is often found in the Scripture is 'fallow' ground.  It is not used so much today where modern farming methods are so prevelant, but there was a time when soil that was used over and over would have to be left to 'fallow' for several years until the nutrients would be restored by natural processes.  After an appropriate amount of time, the land was ready to be planted again and it is a waste to a farmer to allow good farm land to go unused. The reference to Hosea in this poem uses the fallow ground as a metaphor for the comfortable but  unproductive life.   I hope my fellow poets here at Word Chimes will enjoy and profit from this poem.

 

The Point of the Plow

 

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love;

break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD,

that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Hosea 10:12

 

A field was left to fallow and in time it came to be

a lovely place of quietness and peace

with saplings growing midst the many flowers all around

and gentle grass the ground could now release

Across the way there lay a very different piece of ground

but here the soil was furrowed long and straight

the plow had dug so deep beneath the surface of the land

so seeds of grain it could accommodate

 

If these two fields should illustrate a Christians' view of life

a lesson we could learn from what we see

for although we would like the comfort of the fallow land

the field that knows the plow would set us free

The seeming pleasure of the fallow field, our mind, deceives

telling us that comfort we must feel

but what we learn from land that knows the meaning of the plow

is Truth that lets us see a life that's real

 

Take care to understand this message God has for His Church

for we have been complacent far too long

basking in the temporary things of fallow life

'till those without the Lord think we belong

But God would have us to yield unto the sharp point of the plow

watching as He bears our sin of pride

then the soil of our lives will bear fruit that pleases God

for now we, unto sinful self, have died

 

David L  Vanderpool

 

(Inspired by a message from Weston Leibee of Ephrata Ministries

called 'The Uncomfortable Life')


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Submitted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Last Updated: Thursday, January 7, 2016

About the Poet
I am 58 years old and have lived in the Winona Lake area of Indiana for 16 years with my wife and children. I have written poetry for many years and use it primarily in personal ministry. For most of the past two years I have been recovering from cancer, something that God has used to impact my life in remarkable ways. I wrote a series of poems about the emotional and spiritual struggles that accompany having an illness like cancer. I used these to encourage people I met while going through kemo and radiation therapy. Since then, I have used them to minister to many people who struggle with cancer. I work with the chaplaincy in the healthcare wing of a local retirement village near my home where two of my three daughers also work. My wife often accompanies me and we find it very rewarding to be involved in the lives of the people who live there. My website address is http://callofissachar.com (Temporarily inactive)


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