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The Parable of Kerah Farm
November 12, 2020 by Nancy Ruegg
Up on a knoll toward the edge of her inherited property, Bea Leever sat on the familiar lookout rock, surveying the land they’d named Kerah Farm. The view from this vantage point never grew old.
Off to the west stretched the family’s fields—squat and leafy soybeans; thick, tall corn; and golden-topped wheat rippling in the breeze. Some of the harvest would feed her family and the farmhands, the rest they’d sell.
Close to the house on the south side, a large garden provided more vegetables, and a dozen hens in the chicken coop produced plenty of eggs.
Beyond the garden stood the orchard of apple, pear, and cherry trees—plenty of fruit for everyone on the farm to enjoy and more produce to sell. To the east, beyond the cow pasture, a large grove of oak and maple trees kept them supplied with fuel for the wood stove.
And all around the perimeter of Kerah Farm, stout fences and thick hedges provided security.
Yes, from time to time difficulties like storms, drought, and pests presented challenge. And the crops, garden, and animals certainly required much labor, but nothing offered greater satisfaction than watching seedlings become lush crops, blossoms become plentiful fruit, or garden produce become jewel-toned canning jars lined up on shelves.
Now that Bea Leever had tasted farm life, she would never leave.
Bea remembered the day she first entered the property, and the immediate sense of peace that engulfed her spirit. She’d been so wrapped up in her worries and doubts prior to making the turn at the gate, the complete change of heart surprised Bea. Very soon the farm became her beloved refuge.
From then on, when fear tried to overtake her, Bea would climb to this rock on the hill and survey the beautiful inheritance bestowed upon her. She praised God for the more-than-adequate provisions offered within the farm’s boundaries, the gratifying work it afforded, and the security within its borders.
In no time, that comforting sense of peace would return.
Like Jesus’ parable of the sower in which various types of soil represent various responses to his message, this parable-of-sorts includes various blessings of every believer (“Bea Leever”).
Did you find them, hidden among the imagery? For example:
Bea inherited the physical blessing of land; we believers inherit the spiritual blessings of God (1). She enjoyed the provision of crops and animals; we enjoy God’s provision of every need.
Bea found joy and satisfaction in her work; believers find joy in their work for God and the development of the fruit of the Spirit in their lives (2).
She experienced great peace within the security of Kerah Farm; we experience great peace within the shelter of the Almighty (3).
Her life changed forever upon entering the farm gate; believers’ lives are also changed forever upon entering the Gate—Jesus—and into relationship with their Heavenly Father (4).
Just as she often visited the rock on a hill, a place that strengthened her spirit, we also go to our Rock—the Lord Most High–who is perfect and just, faithful and upright.
Bea thanked her Lord for the blessed life of Kerah* Farm; believers thank him for the blessed and abundant spiritual life Jesus provides (5).
And just as Bea Leever prayed, so do we:
Gracious Father, in spite of challenging events that sometimes overtake us, we thank you for your beautiful and bountiful provision. We also praise you for your gracious goodness, all manifested in your wonderful deeds. Who, oh Lord, can compare with you?!
(Psalm 40:5; Isaiah 63:7; Psalm 113:5)
*Kerah is the ancient Hebrew word for provision.
What else might you envision on Bea Leever’s farm that coincides with our lives in God? Share your imaginings in the comment section below!
- Psalm 16:6 NET Bible; Ephesians 1:3-14
- Colossians 3:23-24; Galatians 3:23-24
- Psalm 4:8; Psalm 91:1
- John 10:9
- John 10:10
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