There is a far green field 

There is a far green field. And come morning, if you look to the East, you’ll see a halo of orange light hanging just above the horizon where this green gives way to piney woods. 

It is the sight of this field that brings me a quiet contentment every weekday morning that rolls. So long as the time is right, and the earth is not still wearing its black veil, I am privileged to see the best of my Father’s world. 

McGraw said it when he wrote of living where the green grass grows. Babcock said it when he wrote “in the rustling grass I hear Him pass.”

And I write of it when I say I hear His poetry in the wind over the meadow. I feel it as if it were something tangible. I feel it when I roll down my window and slow to as much of a crawl as traffic will allow and I can smell the dirt and nearly feel the touch of dew and the trees moving and their inhabitants going about His business. 

And the clouds move over, breaking only to let the sun shine in. There are streams somewhere beyond that horizon, further past, on up ahead of what I can see. The green gives way to make room for more wonders. Rivers and mountains lie far beyond. And then a vast blue sea. And beyond more that is green and more that brings me hope. They all tell me the Earth is good. 

And I have turned off the radio and I dare not speak because my voice, the voice of a man, pales in its significance to the mastery and beauty of my Father’s world. 

So I move on. Into man’s world. Into the negotiations of the day and the hubris of all of our best laid plans. That world is an ugly one. It is dark and gray and pitiless. It is tiring, and it makes me sad. 

I pass the field again, many hours later, but it no longer holds the same promise. The orange glow has left it abandoned. The green is a duller shade and the sun has begun its retreat on the other side. 

We’ve all lived our days, dealt with their difficulties and are left to ponder the point of it all. The hurry. The rat race. The problems.  All of it man’s creation. All of it man’s world. 

But it’s ok. Because we move on to family. On to smiles. On to Our world. We enjoy that time. And I know I get to see the far green field once more a few hours later, but I realize I’m just as happy looking out at that splendor as I am here surrounded by these walls. 

Because not only is that My world but so too is it my Father’s World. 

And that’s all right by me. 

(Josh Beavers is a teacher and a writer. He has been recognized five times for excellence in opinion writing by the Louisiana Press Association.) 


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