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Food from the Field

Yesterday I had the privilege and pleasure to pick up my first foodbox of the harvest. I joined a food farm co-operative this summer and each week we receive a portion of the bounty from the fields.

When we arrived at the farm we couldn’t locate the farmer (it was our first time and we had forgotten to bring a bag or box!). We followed voices that we heard from behind the farmhouse. There in the field my farmer friend and her farmer husband tried in vain to round up their lambs.

Watching the lambs scamper up and down the hills reminded me of how we humans follow each other and not the Shepherd. We ask for advice from friends instead of seeking God’s.

How easy it is to follow man’s advice – to do the normal thing, to be one of the crowd. Remember how in the book of Job, Job asked advice from three of his friends. Then Job said:

“But my brothers are fickle as a gulch in the desert
— one day they’re gushing with water
From melting ice and snow
cascading out of the mountains,
But by midsummer they’re dry,
gullies baked dry in the sun” (Job 15, The Message).

It reminded me, too, of Craig Groeschel’s book Weird, how Normal isn’t Working.

Can we, as Christians, be different from the crowd?

Choosing to buy from a local farmer is, for me, choosing to be different. The amount of produce is uncertain – as all depends on God.

The quality may not be supermarket perfect (protected with pesticides or waxed or shelf-life extended) but neither are we. And yet everything belongs to God and He considers us special.

That night as I returned with my bounty, I joyfully washed my greens and cut my radishes; extruded my garlic; washed the kale and the garlic tops; washed and cut the strawberries and rhubarb. Then I stir-fried my kale and baked my garlic tops; and baked a strawberry-rhubarb crumble for dessert.

What a feast we had as we added only rainbow trout and beans!

As I set the table with the flowers from the farmers’ field I felt blessed to be a part of God’s creation.


Prayer – What’s In It For Me?

by Janice Keats


Scripture Selection: Job 21

Why should we be compelled or expected to serve and honour God Almighty? Job asks, “Who is the Almighty that we should serve Him? What would we gain by praying to Him? (Job 21:15)

So, what’s in it for me? You might ask. What is to be gained from declaring God as the most High God? What did Job gain by placing his complete faith and trust in God? After all, he suffered so much. Despite the afflictions, he continued to believe that God would see him through the most terrible and darkest times of his life. Suddenly he was being afflicted with sickness and even death in his family.

In his suffering Job remained strong. His faith in God remained unwavering. That’s not to say that he didn’t have questions. He began to compare the righteous verses the non-righteous. Job wonders, “Why do the wicked live on growing old and increasing in power? They see their children established around them their offspring before their eyes. Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.” (Job 21:7-9) He continued to spiel about the prosperity of the wicked. They want nothing to do with God. Yet they live a prosperous life and go to the grave in peace.

On one hand Job says that one man dies in full vigour completely secure and at ease, while the other dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good. Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both. (Job 21:23-26) So Job wonders what good it is to serve God. Even Job’s wife pleaded with him to curse God and die, but then we discover how righteous and firm his faith really is. His reply to his wife was, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” (Job 2:10)

Peace is not the absence of trouble; peace is the overflow of a life under God’s control.  God gives peace in the midst of trouble. So, what good is there

in praying? What good is having a right relationship with God? Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Our faith enables us to trust God in difficult times and in good times. We too will receive abundant blessings when we hold unswervingly to the hope we possess in God. After Job’s suffering God blessed him twice as much as before, making him even more prosperous with the land and cattle and his long and abundant life with his family.

Who is He this king of glory? The Lord Almighty – He is the king of glory.” (Psalm 24:10)


Janice Keats

Janice is a freelance writer, and speaker. Her passion is developing and teaching workshops on various Biblical Studies, and planning ladies night out events. She is a certified lay Pastoral Counsellor and is presently employed in ministry. She has had several articles published in various local, provincial and national newspapers.

She is the author of, Poems of Inspiration and Occasion and, A Journey to the Heart of Evangelism. Future works include a devotional book and an audio book of her poems. She is married with three grown children, all of whom are accomplished musicians. Her twin daughters, known as The Keats, are country singers and her son is a recording engineer. Janice Keatshttp://themasterspath.wordpress.com/