If You’re Living In The Fallow & Hallowed Places

{By Diane Bailey}

Farm fields zing past as Doc and I drive beach bound.  Cotton fields birthing green though brown tilled fields promise a good harvest in the fall.  A few fields appear as a blanket of green with red polka-dots as far as you can see.

“Those are fallow fields” Doc offers, and I stretch across him to get a better view from his driver’s side window.

“They are growing red clover?” I look over my shoulder at him.

“Yes, fallow fields are fields set apart for rest. Clover is planted to prevent erosion, as well as giving the soil nitrogen needed for the next growing season.

Sliding back into my seat and fastening the safety belt, my thoughts wander to fallow fields.

Every few years, farmers will fallow a field for a year or more, and I wonder if the field realizes that “fallow” is “hallowed” to the farmer…set aside for a special use, known only by the farmer.

It’s not long before the air holds the fragrance of misty salt, and sea gulls are seen gliding as if there is not one worry to hold them down.

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We unpack as quickly as possible to take our place on the beach.  Light-footed steps kick sand plumes into the air, as our toes dig into the sun-warmed beach.

My Bible opens as I sink into the beach chair, beneath a teal colored umbrella and turn the onionskins pages to read.

“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” (Ps. 116:7 NAS)

There are seasons of great bounty in our lives.  A season when things go well and the fruit is plentiful and great forward progress is made.  Times we feel like God is near and we are in His perfect will.

But, occasionally there is a season with no apparent production or progress – like the Sabbath.  The progress is not seen, but deep beneath there is a restoration going on.   

Just as the field seems quiet and covered in clover, with no fruit to harvest, but here is work taking place deep beneath the soil we cannot see.

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God will call us to a place of rest. But rest is never without accomplishment.  In rest He restores our souls.  In rest He feeds our souls.  In rest we are made ready for the work we are created to do.

There is always a season of fallow fields and Hallowed places. Each time we find ourselves in fields it feel as if God has forgotten us; and when winter’s bite lays flat the clover we can feel abandoned.  But, it is a season of rest after multiple seasons of harvest.  And, sometimes the season seems to last an eternity.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV)

Can we rejoice in a season where He protects us from erosion and gives us nutrition for the next season of growth, and covers us with red cover to rest?  Can we rejoice in knowing He will never forget us, and sings over us as we rest?

Fallow fields and Hallowed places – A place of great joy and rest.


Diane bailey Diane Bailey believes God has equipped each of us for the life we are living. But sometimes it takes friends to help us sift through that arsenal of tools. She is always curious about what motivates a person to make the choices they do, more than the choice itself – then walks with them in finding answers. Diane believes that God never leaves us, so she continually looks for Christ in our everyday life, knowing that he is there in the smallest details. She is the author of String of Pearls and has been on various radio and Tv telling of God’s love for those who have been wounded. Diane makes her home with her husband in the Deep South. She is the mother of two, stepmother of two and grandmother of three. She is part of the {in}courage team who can also be found on her blog, facebook or twitter.



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13 Comments on “If You’re Living In The Fallow & Hallowed Places

  1. Diane, I just love this SO much!!! What an amazing analogy of the benefit of rest – even when it seems illogical. I mean, we could be producing all kinds of great fruit, right? But our Farmer knows what we truly need and surrounds us in clover knowing that rest is for our good. Thank you for these words, friend. ❤

    • Paula, rest seems to be a bad word in our society, and as you said, “illogica.” But God puts a high value on rest when he is the one created rest for great reward. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! It’s nice to be with you today.

  2. Oh, friend…I needed to read these words this morning. Thank you. “…deep beneath there is a restoration going on.” Yes! Thank you, Lord, for these words from my dear friend. Words that I needed to hear and be reminded of during this season in my life.

    Diane…this post is perfect. Like it was written with me in mind. I so love you my friend!

    • Such beauty, here, Diane. Thank you for this reminder that we all need. God works so mysteriously and behind the scenes….often tilling soil in fields yet unseen. Your images and truth-perspective here are beautiful. xoxo.

      • Amy, God’s ways seem so crazy at times. But He knows what He is doing and has our good in mind with each step of the way. Even the times of sitting still and resting. ❤

    • I love you too Mary, you are my dear friend. Sometimes I’m frustrated with times of rest, and sometimes I crave them. I’m so glad the Lord has given you encouragement through this. You are a treasure!

  3. This was just so beautiful and perfect for me today! I’m not resting in the field of clover, looking for 4-leaf and capturing bees in a jar, like when I was a little girl. Thank you, Diane, for your heart. Love you! Heart Hugs, Shelly ❤

    • Shelly, I love the images of looking for a four leaf clover and catching bees in a mason jar. I remember doing those things as well when I was young. I don’t think God means “don’t move” when He calls us to rest. I think sometimes, he calls us to stop striving and trying to advance, so we can see the beauty and joy He created around us. Thank you for sharing.

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