A Rowboat in a Field of Grass


We were driving through southern Utah recently, taking grand-babies to see grandparents. If you've never been to Utah, the landscape is amazing. Breathtaking mountains, awe-inspiring canyons, green fields of farmland and quaint towns nestled in foothills.

As we were driving past one such quaint town, we passed a huge field of grass. Huge. Vast, expansive, can't-see-the-whole-thing-in-one-glance huge. Sitting towards the front edge of this field of grass was a rowboat.

Yes, a rowboat.

Photo by Deibel Photography

A clean, well-maintained row boat. There was a puddle here or there throughout the field but no other body of water that the eye could see. And it made me think...

I have gone through some very difficult times when I've felt like a rowboat sitting in the middle of a field of grass. You see, I have a very clear purpose; specific skills, talents and gifts with which I'm equipped. There are a few things at which I excel; things that when I do them, it seems to me and those around me that I was created to do those very things.

Yet at times the circumstances in which my life is unfolding offer no place or opportunity to do these things for which I was created; no avenue or outlet to use the gifts and talents I have been given.

I lack purpose. I lack direction. I feel just about as useful as...a rowboat in a field of grass.

Have you ever been there? Surrounded by circumstances that not only lack opportunities to use your gifts, but seem to hinder the use of them?

Can I just encourage you with one thought?

Someone put that rowboat in that field for a reason. The boat had been maintained and was ready for use. Puddles scattered about the field indicate there must be a propensity for flooding; and when the flood waters rise, someone is going to need that boat.

If you look around and find yourself smack in the middle of a field of grass today, feeling useless and misplaced, can I encourage you not to give up? Keep honing those skills and giftings. Feed those passions that nurture your soul.

Because one day soon, mama, the flood waters are going to rise and the only one that can help will be you. You've been placed in your field for a reason, and no one can replace the gifts you bring to the table.

So wait well, friend. Don't let the grasses around you sting and cut. Instead, wait in hope, knowing you have a purpose, you are valuable to your family (community, work place, church, mom's group, etc) and be ready for the day when the only one that can fill the void is you.



Jennifer Deibel

Jennifer is your typical American wife and mother living life, raising kids, and working. After nearly a decade overseas living in Ireland and Austria, her family is starting their new life right back here in the good ole U. S. of A. She has been married to the love of her life, Seth, since 2000 and is extremely blessed to be mom to two delightful girls, and one hilarious little boy. She has a deep interest in creative family worship, marriage enrichment, and the art of figuring out unfamiliar grocery stores in foreign languages. Jennifer passionately loves the Lord, her family, music, dance, writing and chocolate - though quite honestly not always in that order. She believes this world needs more women who stick together, so let's connect and walk this road side by side! You can find Jennifer where she blogs at This Gal's Journey, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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