Eat Grass, Grow Wool

Wales: Sunset Hike along the Wales Coast Path

I’m coming to the end of my “Winter Break,” using up the last of my 2023 Paid Time Off while Kent State University students are on their more extended Winter Break between the Fall Semester and the Spring Semester. It took me some time to decompress and reflect, but one of the clear takeaways from this Winter Break is that I can see how I really overextended myself through the Fall Semester. I didn’t maintain much margin in my life, even though I know better.

I say that “Jesus is the Savior of the world, and I am not” — but I worry that my actions have been speaking louder than my words. And I feel like God has been calling me to work on this. Or, to not work on this, as the case may be.

And somehow, this all clicked into place recently: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Psalm 100 was a key part of it, especially verse 3: “Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (I also appreciate the nuance of a slightly-different rendering of that second sentence in some of the ancient sources, saying, “He made us and not we ourselves“). It speaks so directly to the message I’ve been hearing over this Winter Break. Sheep don’t try to pretend to be shepherds.

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Sheep just eat grass and grow wool.

I feel like God might be challenging me to adopt a similar mindset. Especially after the over-extended Fall Semester I just had and a somewhat-perilous Spring Semester ahead (while my co-pastor Jason is on sabbatical). Over the Winter Break, I’ve done more reading… working on puzzles… helping in the kitchen… watching television… blogging… and sleeping. As I ease back into ministry, I expect it will look different — but I’m still hope to keep cultivating this “Eat Grass, Grow Wool” mindset as a corollary to the idea of “Faithfully Farming my Forty Acres.” So, help me, God.

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