resting in grace

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~Wendell Berry

As a self-proclaimed farmer, I consider myself a nurturer of the land–someone who is not only committed to grow healthy food but also to engage in sustainable practices, ones that care for creation and all that live in this place I call growing grace farm.

As a student of Nature, I consider myself a lifelong learner.  I study the soil and prepare the plants, observe the wildlife

blackberry tunnel at my uncle’s farm

and listen to the wind, all of which connect me more closely to Creation.

But as a child of God,  it is not so easy sometimes for me to remove the distractions of the material world in order to connect more closely spiritually with my Maker.  I allow myself to become redirected by never ending chores or old habits or unnecessary stress rather than surrendering it so I can quiet my soul.

And yet, I walk out the door and into Creation, and I feel reconnected again.  Nature cannot remove the mistakes I have made or the shortfalls in my personality, and She’s not there to judge or instruct.  She simply offers me a quiet place to return to where I need to be–an opportunity to give up all that is burdening me and rest in the hands of the nurturing Gardener.  A moment to feel at peace in the grace of my Parent’s love.

May we find more opportunities to connect with Nature and rest in grace.

 

 

2 thoughts on “resting in grace

  1. what a beautiful post. I love Wendell Berry and that piece of writing is one of my favorites. It inspired my thesis in grad school and has always stuck with me. Nature is so quietly powerful. Thank you for writing such an inspiring post.

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