Jesus tells us that “no one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
I love that farming image. If you try to plow forward while looking back, your lines will bend and curve. You’ll waste land. You’ll waste time. Your crops will be smaller. Perhaps more importantly, if you’re looking back, you won’t see the beauty that lies ahead.
This message is an excerpt from “The beauty the lies ahead” by Susan K. Olson in the September 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the second Sunday after Epiphany. We remember Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, who died around 356, and Pachomius, renewer of the church, who died in 346.