with heads bowed low

The Christian is like the ripening corn; the riper he grows the more lowly he bends his head — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

Living so close to the land and sun and rain here something inside me has come alive that never did in the city. There is a rhythm in this place that mirrors heaven. We live by the rain, by the seasons, by grace and I now understand why Jesus spoke of it all so often. Living on land that grows gold and green brings me such unexpected joy and teaches me daily about the goodness and love of God.  I never would have thought it, but the country is creeping into this city girl’s heart in a profound way.

Though rains come to our ground, we live in a region suffering the worst drought in 60 years.  Our food prices have almost doubled for some items.  People are afraid and hungry.  What does love look like to these?  With bowed heads and brimming hearts we sing every mealtime… the song echoes loud through the maize and the sorghum and the peanuts and the sweet cassava.

Thank You Lord for giving us food, thank you Lord for giving us food, thank you Lord for giving us food right where we are…

The song echoes true.  I don’t have to tell my children to be grateful for their beans and rice, there are starving kids in Africa.  They know this all too well.  But with three meals a day, everyday, it is sometimes easy to forget.   When hunger no longer gnaws, it is easy to forget.   So I do remind them of God’s grace.  And we DO sing our thanks every meal now.  And I always gather my older ones and tell them the stories of the ones still with no home and show them the pictures of those not yet found.  We join our hearts and voices in prayer for these.  And we talk often of gratitude and giving back and changing the world.

In the middle of it all, our maize crops grow tall and vegetables ripen all around us.  We let our staff family cultivate on our land and grow life giving nutrition they could not afford to buy for their families in the markets.  And they are very generous with their bounty.  We live and grow like the one big family we are. I love being able to pick my maize from Habuba’s field (at her insistence- never buy maize again!) and walk it to the fire and roast it sweet and hot on the coals.

I learn so much here. The most mature corn bows the lowest.  And then it lets go of its kernels and feeds a hungry world.


What does love look like to the hungry?  How can our everyday choices help feed the world around us in its brokenness?

Love to hear from you… comments are open on this post.  I have temporarily given up on linking parties for the moment due to poor internet connections here.  Simply slip the link to your post, if you have one, into your comment and we will all enjoy each other that way.  Remember we are talking about the practical raw real down-in-the dirt supernatural love of God these next 3 weeks or so.

5 thoughts on “with heads bowed low

  1. Michele, Thank you for your ministry! Your gift of love to these precious ones makes my heart sing, sing, sing! I feel so blessed to have discovered the love you live in the Name of our Lord.
    Many blessings,
    Diane

    (Your ministry makes me think of 2 Corinthians 9:10ff)

  2. Oh, yay, comments, Michele! I love this quote by Guthrie–the evidence of its truth in those sweet brown eyes you share with us. I can’t say it enough: Bless you and your work, my friend. Love sure looks like Jesus in this post. Hugs to you, friend.

  3. FROM THE UNPAVED ROAD, I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO HEAR OF YOUR DAILY JOURNEY’S! HERE IN ASHEVILLE NC, LOVE AWAKES VICTIMIZED WOMEN THAT LONG TO BE FREE IN THE PRISON SYSTEM. SOMETIMES THE AIR IN THERE IS SO HEAVY THAT WE BOW LOW TO BE LIFTED UP BY OUR MAKER, OUR DELIVERER….JESUS! THE ONLY GOLD I SEE IS HIDDEN IN THE HEARTS OF THESE WOMEN AS THEY WAIT FOR THEIR SENTENSES! WHAT A JOY TO LEAD THEM TO THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS TAKEN AWAY ALL THEIR GUILT AND DECLARES THEM….NOT GUILTY!
    A WOMAN ON WINGS! Rev. 12:14 cwow

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