preparing the soil

photo by Luann Hawker at

CS Lewis once said, Make me a field that is replowed over and over again. I have always loved this idea because it is tangible and full of sweat and hard work. I know that I need my land reworked. I need to be ripped up and replanted, cultivated, and redone in the new season.

Sometimes the plow is my job. Sometimes my family. But my goal is to be ready for it, and willing to have the soil turned and turned until I produce the best crop possible.


heather | April 28, 2009 at 4:33 PM

I'm glad that you enjoy the outdoor work of plowing. I'm still working on it. ;)

Kimberly Vanderhorst | April 28, 2009 at 5:55 PM

I think that one of the lovelist of metaphors ever.

Kazzy | April 28, 2009 at 6:03 PM

It's what repentance/change feels like. It's rough, but we end up fresher when all is said and done.

That Girl | April 28, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Beautifully put - thought provoking and inspiring.

Also, you have hot lips.

Connie | April 28, 2009 at 9:09 PM

I think your field has been turned over more than a few times. Must be ready to plant the seeds of your choice. The harvest should be plentiful.

It's a beautiful metaphor.

LisAway | April 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Oh! I've never heard that quote. That is perfect! Really, you can be doing it right for a long time but after a while you just lose something. I guess that's after harvesting, and time to rework and replant.

val of the south | April 28, 2009 at 11:36 PM

That really is a great metaphor. One I need to ponder also.

Melinda | April 28, 2009 at 11:56 PM

I love that, its so beautiful and well put. I needed to hear that, thank you!

Luann | April 29, 2009 at 7:04 AM

This time of year, when I'm outside with my hands in the soil, I spend more time thinking about metaphors of the earth. I had not heard this quote from CS Lewis, but I love it. It's only eleven short words, but I'm going to be mulling it over for quite a while.

Joanie | April 29, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Your best crop is just around the corner waiting for you.

Barbaloot | April 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM

I like that saying a lot! Thanks for sharing...I think I could use a good -replowing right about now:)

And also, just read below that you said you turned 45. Really? Cuz I would NOT have guessed that from meeting your Saturday. I fully would've gone younger.

Heather of the EO | April 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

That is a way cool picture.

And this mental picture is way cool too. The plowing can be so painful, but it's refining is always good.

Kazzy | April 29, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Barbaloot- I love ya!~

wendy | April 29, 2009 at 4:39 PM

You have the most amazing thought provoking stuff on your posts. That is good ---something to think about for sure. My field is probably a mess!!!!!!!! lots of work, better get started eh.

Heidi | April 29, 2009 at 8:33 PM

"Willing" is the word. So many aren't because it hurts. Hey, you and I are the same age! Or will be in September . ..

Linde | April 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

I think plowing is painful! :)

CHERRANNE | May 1, 2009 at 8:20 PM

:-P LOL.

Mrs4444 | May 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I just need a little mulch and some fertilizer :)