Reconciliation to Land
by David Brooks
Our relationship with land and more has a lot more to do with partnership then commanding and standing on promises.
The next window of reconciliation is coming up June 10 through 30. Here is the link to an article which talks about this window at some length:
Please note that this window is not about God increasing our sense of comfort and wellbeing but about us increasing the amount of sonship and stewardship we walk in. That I believe is closer to the grace that God plans to give us; greater grace for sonship and stewardship.
I could be completely surprised on that. If God has something planned that far exceeds my vision, it wouldn’t be the first time.
At this point, I’m going to share how things look to me. If you disagree, please don’t feel pressure from anyone except your relationship with Father to walk the path He’s already been working with you on. And I hope the article above reinforces many good things for you.
From what I’ve seen the light of God is increasing in this area already. Again: this is how it seems to me, since I speak for myself and not for others.
There are several recent podcasts from our friends Dan Duval and Ruthie Andrews in the Bride Movement. I’m not qualified to endorse what they are saying but I will say that much of it fits my limited perceptions over the past period of time, and make a lot of sense to me.
The gist is that our relationship with land and more has a lot more to do with partnership then commanding and standing on promises. Partnership requires listening and synchronization and then seeking God as to what your proper role should be. I think our approach has been wrong in the past. You all remember Barnabas from the book of Acts? Look up Chapter 11, when Greeks started following Christ in Antioch. The apostles sent Barnabas to check out the situation.
Acts 11:23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
Barnabas walked a great example for us in that he didn’t come in and start exercising his superior knowledge, calling on them to follow him because of his experience. And he had plenty of credible experience, or the apostles wouldn’t have sent him. Barnabas was able to see what the grace of God was already doing and cooperate with that.
Working with land is an act of sonship because the land can’t like you on Facebook or tell you how awesome you are. Caring for land is a unique gift in that, if you are successful, it will mostly affect people who will never know anything about you. The benefits are real and largely known to God alone.
If you have never worked with land or considered this issue but would still like to be involved, please let me share the following, which I believe can be helpful.
Focus on being appreciative of every single thing possible.
Try to savor the smell of coffee or the feel of rest or the flavor of a lemon cookie.
Try not to rage at traffic (yeah, I know ...) and try if possible to find people driving responsibly and celebrate them.
Be super-pleasant with the person ringing up your groceries.
Be delighted with the beautiful colors of trees.
Try to improve the atmosphere in any way you can for these 20 days coming up.