Today is an exciting day here at Serenity Valley Farm. Last year, right at this very time, we were signing the closing papers to become the official owners of this sweet place.
So, today we’re celebrating one year of being farmers-in-training, home improvement novices, and tiny house dwellers. We’re learning how to live on less, be content in the unconventional, and waiting with expectant hearts for each new step on the journey.
And, we were remarking with each other the other day, that while we will never be experts, in the last year we have learned the difference between straight runs and pullets, that goat hoof trimming works way better with two people, and that “ice skating” in mud wearing our muck boots should be an official sport…… and it’s super fun. We were also cracking up that even our farrier is now comfortable enough to just let himself in the field to care for our sweet horses……. And, we’re loving all of it.
While throughout this past year, we have strategically posted and celebrated the pretty pictures on social media and this site (in order for us not to get overwhelmed by the enormous undertaking of restoring this place), there is a LOT more that is still not polished and remains a “diamond in the rough”. So, we’re also learning a whole lot about humility……knowing that people who visit our farm in it’s current state may not see what we are holding out for, since right now, overall, it’s not yet pretty. But, as we so often have to celebrate the tiny victories on the farm, yet holding to the faith that someday it will be fully beautiful, I am reminded of a similar encouragement for our faith journey that we read about in 1 Corinthians 13.
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as He knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”1 Corinthians 13: 12-13 MSG
And, so in life and in our farm restoration, we don’t have to get overwhelmed by looking too far ahead, we can safely just let the go of the final product (knowing God is holding that too) and simply walk each day with Trust, Hope, and Love.
And on that note: today is a celebration of baby steps, a God who is big enough to hold our future here and in heaven, and the Bible which offers us these words of wisdom in order to know how to walk these simple steps toward His plan. We can take each small project in stride knowing it will ultimately contribute to the final destination, but we don’t have to see the final product to know it will be beautiful. We just have to trust and hope that God is love and wants the best for us both on the farm and in our relationship with Him.
Thank you all for being on this adventure with us, and we pray that the Lord blesses your journey as well.