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The Farmer Who Grew

There was a farmer who didn’t know God.
He would often wake before sunrise to work in the sod.

He would plant the beans and the corn,
His life felt meaningful, but he was not yet reborn.

Day-after-day, he fed the animals with bales of hay,
But deep inside of himself, he couldn’t help but feel gray.

One day a pastor arrived on his porch,
Instantly, the farmer’s heart felt if it was being lit by a torch.

The kind pastor opened his bible and began to preach,
Concerned for the farmer’s future, he continued to teach.

He explained to the farmer that he was like a seed,
Wonderful in form, but not in fullness because of need.

Enthusiastically the pastor continued to share,
The farmer’s gray began to sprout from what his ears could hear.

A tear came down from the farmer’s eye,
It watered his heart, as he couldn’t help but cry.

On that day, the farmer had been born anew,
That gray spot blossomed into a bouquet of colors with a glowing hue.

The two men shared a hugging embrace,
Then the pastor was off to the neighbor’s place.

Early the next morning the farmer got out of bed,
But this day he had something different in his head.

He went into the nearest town, and with a loud voice he started to preach,
Enthusiastically, he exclaimed the gospel to the townspeople who he was determined to reach.

On that day, the farmer realized that of all things that he could grow,
There was nothing more important than the lost souls he could sow.

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. I did not know you wrote poetry. Wonderful poem!

  2. Very good storytelling for an important message. Like the analogy of the seed within a person as being dormant until the water of the Word is applied. I know about several of your poems but can’t find them. Will need to talk with you about that. Love the gift the Lord has given to you using poetry to make a difference and opening the understanding to others. God bless.

  3. Joel,
    That was so beautiful and powerfully written.
    Loved the message and the flow of the words.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    God Bless~

  4. very insightful

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