Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Gift of Rain

In a year when it's flooded more times than ever before in the history of our town. 
Saying rain is a gift, seems like a stretch. 

Roads were washed out in May.
Making travel impossible.
And sending road crews working over time. 

Fields that had been seeded. . .now were flooded

And the funny thing was. . .
we were in drought conditions. 
Grass wasn't growing. .. because it was so dry. 
Water tables were very low. 
And we were concerned. 
How do you survive a drought in farming, 
when things haven't been really that great over the past few years? 

How does parched land yield a harvest?

How do you continue to trust 
when year after year you are faced with; 
economic crisis, death, natural disasters, and then a drought?

What waters your soul?

John 4:14 "but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, 
the water I give them 
will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Funny thing about farming. . . is this is how you roll. 
It is never easy. 
The work is hard
Days and nights can be grueling. 

Why do you stay in a job that continues to test and try at every corner?

This is why. . .

and this. . . 
A different perspective changes your view.

Even when there is drought there are lessons to learn.

And each day dawns with a new hope.

New hope, and new life. . .
(So proud of my boy!)

Adventures that you didn't even know were headed your way.
 (those darn heifers)

And this. . . this is the result of hard work, 
of joy, of loss and heartache.

The drought ended. 
And it rained and rained and rained. 
And we were faced with a different problem.

But I have learned much from my farmer. 
Sometimes you really need to remember, 
you're in this for the long haul. 
These temporary setbacks 
don't compare with the beauty awaiting. 

Philippians 3:14 
I press on toward the goal 
to win the prize for which God has called me
 heavenward in Christ Jesus

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