Farm Life: The Wide Open Spaces of God
“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”
With the fencing on the farm complete, I opened the gate into the middle pasture, and a burst of sable, mahogany, black, and blue flew past me, the collies experiencing their first good run since moving to the farm.
They were home, and so was I.
The joy and abandon they felt made my heart swell, and as I continued to watch, a phrase from Romans 5:2 (MSG) whispered in the quiet of my soul—“the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory.” This particular phrase has echoed in my soul for years after reading my friend Beth Booram’s book, The Wide Open Spaces of God: A Journey with God through the Landscapes of Life.
“The Wide Open Spaces of God (referring to her book) is an invitation to open up our lives to a bigger God and a bigger life. It is a summons toward a more expansive life, one that is characterized by a keen awareness and responsiveness to God’s presence and grace embedded in the terrain of our personal journey.”
Both metaphor and invitation, the farm woos me with its quiet beauty and expansive landscapes. It represents for me, as Beth aptly points out, leaving “the safety and security of the known for the unknown, uncharted, wide open spaces of God.” After decades of living in a situation that was neither safe nor secure, God placed me in green pastures as far as the eye could see, and he invited me to rest and to heal.
But that is a story for another day.
For now, let me introduce you to the farm and some of the furry and feathered companions that share it with me.
An Expansive Life
Friends, one of my greatest joys since moving to the farm is the sense that I have of living a more expansive life. No longer hemmed in by fear and oppression, I’m now free to embrace my true self among people who understand and support me. I feel a freedom I only dreamed of in years past, and I would love to share it with you.
If something inside of you stirs at reading these words or while enjoying these images, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I’d love to support and walk alongside you as you explore what it means for you to live an expansive life.
Together, let’s throw open our doors to God and explore the wide open space of God’s grace and glory.
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