I remember about 6 years ago, finally having the nerve to share a crazy idea with a friend.
At our little table, with a deep breath, I whispered the word ‘farm.’
“I want to a be a farmer!” I blurted.
At the time, I drove a Volvo, worked in a corporate job, was in the middle of launching a site called (in)courage and had zero experience with any animals besides cats and dogs. I grew up in the suburbs and thought my path was paved out in the business world with hopes of becoming a mama.
My focus had been on trying to have children for a few years at this point, when heavenly whispers kept nudging me about this other idea, too.
After a swallow of her coffee and surprised eyes over her cup, my dear friend told me she thought it made perfect sense. “You like to grow things, whether it’s people, ideas or a garden. Makes perfect sense to me.”
I was a little taken aback. This was not the answer I anticipated. But her words rang true in my heart. I love when a friend pulls out a mirror of words so you can see yourself the way God sees you. It was a turning point kind of day and a gift.
The secret to a Jesus led adventure is knowing the voice of God, listening to Him and obeying. It’s not about the big or small, how you were raised, doing the crazy versus average or even the timing.
The secret is simple. Listen to God and obey, especially when it doesn’t make any earthly sense or is not on the path you thought you were supposed to be on.
At that moment in a favorite lunch spot, I had no idea what being a farmer meant or what it looked like for me. I knew God was up to something new in my heart. Fresh soul dirt was being tilled and He planted seeds for a future I had not anticipated.
I had no clue how the waiting and preparation would ensue for both my daughter, who we prayed and tried for seven years, and a place to call our farm. But the perseverance and purification was what I needed to appreciate both when God handed them to me.
I have a theory both Gabrielle and our ten acre farm are connected. I am praying for revelation for what God has in mind for her life and His vision for this special place.