Born-Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of God
by Noah Sanders
This month, I’ve been in a “green” mood after planting a garden and helping out around the farm (well, more like getting in the way!) Anyways, I’ve picked up Born-Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of God by Noah Sanders. It is the story of how Mr. Sanders and his family in Alabama serve God and their neighbors through their farm. He gives a lot of advice to those wishing to do the same while admitting he does not have all the answers, which I appreciated. No one really does, do they?
It’s sat on my shelf for a long while now, but I’m glad I’ve finally picked it up. The synopsis is that God gave man dominion over all the earth in Genesis 1:26, so it is our responsibility to manage it in a loving and responsible way. The three best points he makes, I think, are:
- The earth is God’s creation and we are merely the stewards of it. If something is meant to grow, God will make it grow. If, however, God sees it fit that something should not grow – for whatever reason – there’s not much we can do. If we recognize this and have faith in God knowing that He is in charge, things may not always be easy, but He will take care of us.
- A farmer must be a “dirt farmer” first. All life begins in the soil and healthy soil leads to healthy plants and healthy animals. It’s an interesting take on things that makes a lot of sense.
- Even if you only have a small patch of dirt or even one or two pots, that is what God has given you to be a steward of. After all, Christ said: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” (Luke 16:10 ESV). That made me feel pretty good about my 10×12′ garden.
Mr. Sanders also introduced me to a Bible passage that he thought all farmers should memorize and has been helpful for me to understand:
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
-Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV)
All in all, it’s been a great read and one I would recommend to anyone desiring to farm or garden to the glory of God.
Thank you very much for reading!