Acres of golden plants move very gently in the early morning breeze as I take my first sip of tea and look out the windshield. This field growing mustard almost glows in the light of the rising sun. Across the road, there is wheat. I enjoy watching these fields mature week by week. They always remind me of a quote I like from John Muir. It is a quote that pulls together many of the aspects of living that are important to me:
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” - John Muir
A vehicle rumbles by on the gravel road as I take another sip of tea. I find myself smiling in response to a sticker its back, a sticker that hints to the very stuff that "heals and strengths body and soul”: "Farms Feed Cities". Just three simple words make a very direct connection between urban and rural.
“Farms Feed Cities”. This phrase carries both a reminder and an invitation to live in ways that promote stewardship and health. Farms, forests, and oceans are nature’s storehouses of all that sustains us.
My spirituality certainly needs “beauty as well as bread”, and in this moment, I’m aware that the wheat provides both.
If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to read the post by Geremy Capone titled
A Taste of My Perfect World.