“In the garden of the Lord our work is sound. He is weaving every thorn into a crown.”
A remedy for anxious thinking, In The Fields Of The Lord reminds us of our Father’s working and our role in it. His labor is indeed sound: thorough, reliable, and free from defect; and his “tending [of] every leaf and every vine” will ultimately result in no more darkness or tears.
This simple yet arresting melody will carry your congregation; evoking timeless, comforting hymns like Be Still, My Soul and In The Garden.
While the truth of the song soothes fears and brings comfort, there is also a gentle call to repentance implied; a charge to change our way of thinking and to trust, hope, and rest. To “be still” as the Psalmist says. To “let go, and let God” as 12-steppers say. To consider Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, so that we will not grow weary or fainthearted.
Greg LaFollette is a musician and producer in Nashville,TN. He is the resident artist at a local church plant, Grace Story Church, and serves as their director of arts and liturgy.