Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

The Field of Golden Grass

It is funny how you can pass by things on a regular basis and yet never really notice them.  There is a field on my way to and from work that I pass almost every single day, twice a day.  This field, not spectacular by any means, is simply an empty field with tall grass.  Once a year or so I notice bales of hay lying about and the grass is cut short.    However, in the last couple of weeks it is as if my eyes have been opened to the sheer beauty of that ordinary hay field.  Recently, I drove by the field late in the afternoon as the sun was setting in the West.  With my sunglasses on and the way the sun was hitting the grass, it was as if the grass was afire with blazing glory, softly swaying to the unseen hand of the wind.    Then one cold winter morning there was a hard freeze.  As I passed by the field I noticed the tall golden stalks layered with white tipped frost.  I noticed the shorter grass at the edge covered with frost, flowing down the sides of the ditch that ran alongside the field, and the water icing over from the cold winters night air.  It looked just like a beautiful stream flowing through a winter scene that I have seen in pictures from areas further north. 

Of course, now the field had my attention, as I continued to pass the field I took the time to inspect it thoroughly.  I passed the field at different times of day and from different directions.  Most of the time, the light was not as glorious and frost wasn’t present upon the grass.  I began to notice that the grass was not as perfect as I first thought.  The grass was quite uneven, clumped in some places and sparse in others.  It wasn’t quite as beautiful in different types of light or under different circumstances.  Yet I haven’t forgotten the sheer beauty of that field those evenings and mornings that I passed at a certain time of day and first really noticed the field.  

We can liken this to circumstances in our own lives.  Sometimes we can feel insignificant.  We feel like our life doesn’t matter and that no one takes notice of us.  We feel empty and unproductive.  We feel out of sorts and unbalanced.  Though that field seems barren, I know that it is not just grass because the bales of hay prove that it grows a viable product.  Though I have never seen anyone actually work in or cut the field I know that this happens; the bales of hay prove that the field is under someone’s personal care. 

Though our lives may be passing through a seemingly unproductive time God is always tending us.  We are never insignificant to God and He keeps us in His care.  He desires to make our lives fruitful just as that field is producing.  Though the field seems to be plain and brown with the sleep of winter it only takes the sun to beam down upon the stalks to see the golden beauty of each stalk.   Like that field, we are all flawed and imperfect.  However, the field was brought to life and beauty due to different light and circumstances; God wants to do the same things in our lives.  He wants to shine His light in and through our lives so that others will see the beauty of Christ working in and through our lives.  As we allow the light of his Son to change us and conform us He will bring out the true beauty that God has placed within each of us. 

Like I saw the beauty in that field on different occasions isn’t it wonderful to know that God always sees us through eyes filled with the light of His love for us?  Isn’t it wonderful to know that though God knows all our imperfections, flaws and inconsistencies, He always chooses to look for the beauty and the potential within us?  Yes, He lovingly tends us and works with us to bring out the true beauty and the desired fruit within us as Philippians 2:13 tells us, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Remember, you matter to God.  God sees you every moment of every day.  God shines His light in your life no matter the season.  God looks for the beauty within you and desires to draw it forth for all to see so that you can bring glory to His name.  God tends you so that you can be fruitful.  Remember always that you are special and God loves you.

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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