God’s Order for the Sweet Life


Blueberry blossoms

“Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.” Proverbs 24: 27.

At home in Maine, my brother has had a local beekeeper bring several blocks of hives out into the blueberry fields this spring to make sure the tiny blossoms get proper pollination. We’ve brought bees in every spring for decades. The more bees, the more blueberries. And bees that pollinate blueberries make blueberry honey, which brings the beekeeper a premium at market. Partnerships like these are built into God’s order for life.

Farm families know that there are certain times of year when life outdoors is too busy to allow for much besides work and sleep. It’s like any other business. For accountants, it’s tax season. For nonprofits, it’s the year-end giving season. For schoolteachers, it’s every report card and exam cycle. For landscapers in the South, it’s warm weather planting and maintenance season; in the North, you can add the cold season of snow plowing to the schedule.

God recognizes how much of our life must go into our work. God’s order for life places work in a high place. “Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house,” God teaches in Proverbs 24: 27.

That isn’t to say we don’t need a place to rest but that the niceties come after the necessities. Building the business or establishing a financial basis for the household with a solid job comes before building or buying a home. It certainly comes long before the expensive interior designer.

When we schedule our efforts according to God’s order for life, life is sweet.

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About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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