Close your eyes for a second, wherever you might be, and come with me.
Let’s go traveling up a winding, narrow road, through the trees, and alongside the slow, curling river, to a quiet little valley. It’s here you’ll find our farm.
Imagine yourself standing here, in our fields, on freshly turned soil, both soft and cool beneath the sun. Sink your toes deep into the silky feel of it and be, just for a moment, surrounded by green and growing things. Let the fresh air fill your lungs. The musty, mossy aroma of dirt rising around you, and your toes swallowed up in its cool, refreshing embrace.
Can you see yourself rooted? Can you feel the dirt upon your toes?
What does it mean to be rooted? Have you ever thought of it?
As an alfalfa plant in our fields you would know that though the sun beat on your head in summer, and the snow pile up high in winter, your most vulnerable parts would stay hidden, protected and safe, held steady and strong by the embrace of the earth.
If you were an alfalfa plant in our fields, you would know what it meant to be anchored, just so, cared for meticulously and sharing nutrients with what held you safe.
All the outward beauty of you spreading and growing for the world to see… while the parts that kept you that way were sunk deep and tucked carefully away from the outside.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ – and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Eph 3:17b,18
What if you think of yourself as an alfalfa plant, and like it roots itself in the earth, you root yourself in Love? What if you were surrounded by family and embraced by the One who made you? What if you gave yourself to that which held you safe and shared yourself with it too?
Such is our adventure, such is our quest… come along with me and see.