I too have been searching for a grand theme by which to build my vocation. I long stated it as providing people with healthy, delicious food, while blessing the land with my labor. But it never rang full and deep, sounding rather tinny in my own ears. My recent forays into the philosophy and practice of permaculture, along with finally seeing the land on which I can work were the last pieces.
No less lofty than Milton, I want to build a place where man's wise stewardship of nature's wild bounty produces such beauty and plenty, that hearts turn to the Creator of the world's ultimate symbiosis.
Not surprisingly, it is less pithy than Milton's mantra. Put in broader words, I want to build a place where man's imagination, labor and wisdom are applied to animals, plants, landscapes, soils and water; and the result is beauty, harmony, happy healthy animals, and largess of food.
When people come to my farm, there will be a place for them there. Rolling grasslands where herbivores and grasses live in happy co-dependence, 1/2 million acres of contiguous untouched forest, a huge permaculture garden for food, prayer, play and gatherings, buildings integrated with the landscape and streams and springs both tapped and beautified.
So we have a dream of hospitality, of farming, of exhibiting God's beauty.
Such dreams are decades in the making. But they are also incarnate in the process; which tends to be the nature of never-ending processes