Cattle grazing on wide, open fields remind me of a bad time in my life. Because of what someone had deliberately done to me, I was hurting. I wanted to run away from the pain, but couldn’t.

But then, one day, I was driving past a huge, sun-drenched field of grass and cows, and I got the wildest urge to pull off the road, drive across the ditch, and stop by the fence. I thought about slipping under the barbed wire and running to the middle of the flat pasture. I wanted to sit in the grass, wrap my arms around my knees, and shut my eyes. All I needed was to stay there with only cows meandering around me—the sun on my back and head. The scene spoke of total peace—warmth, safety, comfort, and healing. I almost couldn’t push the urge away.

When I shared my crazy thoughts with a cousin, he reminded me of what I might sit on. Ha. But I didn’t care. Even now—though years have slipped by—if I pass that field, the thought still tugs at me. It doesn’t call out with the desperate pull it did back then, but the calmness still beckons.


Karen Campbell Prough


Copyright © Karen Campbell Prough 2017

4 Responses to THE FIELD

  • Hi Karen, I was wondering if you will be writing any more follow up books on Ella Dessa ?
    I sooo enjoy your books.

    • Hi, Ann. Yes, I will be including Ella Dessa in the book I’m writing right now. She will not be the main character and will not be right at the beginning of the book, but will be making an appearance. Her arriving back in the mountains will sadden the characters still living there, but it will be a happy ending. And then the next book might center more around her or her children, etc. I haven’t thought that far ahead. 🙂 I just signed up for the writer’s conference in May, at The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Trying to get things in order. Thank you for writing!

  • We all experience different ways of finding peace. God gives us many blessings and ways to enjoy His peace. 🙂

    • Yes, Melissa, that is true! I think I replied to this in a different area, but that’s okay! The cow in the picture, stood and stared for a couple minutes and then whirled and took off running, like I was going to do her some harm! Ha. It was funny to see. I guess she wasn’t use to strangers stopping to talk to her and take pictures! Or the cows down the road had warned her about a crazy human stalking the cow pastures. 🙂 Even a turkey took off running across the field … away from me.

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