I enjoy words and often poke through a dictionary. When I was reflecting on my time of rest, I dipped into the online dictionaries and found several ‘fallow’ definitions that spoke to me.
‘Fallow’ as either adjective or verb:
- usually cultivated land that is allowed to lie idle during the growing season
I know I’m cultivated(!) and trained to be helpful or useful to the world, yet right now the gifts I’ve been given to use in the world are on the back shelf. They are not to be used. I’m to be idle. I’m not to lead or teach or organize. I still pray, but even my prayers are different.
All around me I see people busy at work. I return to my church or community and encounter busy people, planting, tending and hoping for growth. I know that is a normal part life. We are meant to be working and growth is to be happening, but I know that I’m not to be a part of that work. I’m at ease in that.
A different kind of growth is happening within me. There is a life energy to being fallow that is very different. I believe it’s very needed in our world. We seem to be absorbed in work and activity and have forgotten how to rest, how to value times of ease. We resist allowing ourselves to be idle.
What if we allowed ourselves, at least a day a week, time to lie idle?
More thoughts on ‘fallow’ to come next week!
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Love and prayers
Mystic in Motion
Contemplative Fire, Community Leader Canada