As fall fades and the cusp of winter is near,
we now enter a fallow time...in mother nature and, thank you Lord, in our human nature as well.
In nature, the fields lay fallow. Seeds freeze to be cracked open by the impending cold…making germination possible. Fields go unplanted, covered by the snow. And that very snow contains the nitrogen the soil most needs now for new life to grow in season. And so the plant roots actively continue to grow, imbibe the richness of the soil…made possible in fallowness. And this bears fruit! Literally, in the right timing: spring.
The Fallow Way in our human nature is a time when God invites us to enter into God’s ways of enriching us with holy rest and holy restoration…taking in what we most need now…knowing this bears much fruit in our right timing, too… a conscious time restoring and preparing us as internal seasons of winter and, so then, spring come.
Much that is life-giving goes on beneath this quieted surface. There is a difference between “not doing anything” and “doing no-thing”. When we embrace the Fallow Way, there is precious work unfolding beneath the surface of things with real consequence.
Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.
The Fallow Way is a seemingly quiet, riotous way through our loss and grief, exhaustion or exhilaration. A Holy rest within God’s tender care that restores.
So let me ask you:
What is it in your life that so longs for rest? ...is most tired, weary?
What within you longs to be restored?
Lean into the mystery. Trust. Your roots grow deep.
Lean into the Fallow Way.