Thursday, February 20, 2014

Looking Forward To Spring

There is tension as we step towards spring. 
Equipment needs to be greased and oiled; repairs completed.

Yet there is snow on the ground and the tease of spring seems ages away; 
though it rests just around the corner.
All the while the daily milking and chores continue. 
The longer days give way to cold nights. 
Warm days and crisp nights brings the flow of sap. 
All of creation knowing what role it plays.

The cows are making less milk each day. 
This is a journey we take every year. 
Each cow needs a wee vacation before she calves.

It's about 45-60 days; their dry time.
I call it their spa vacation. Really it is.
Their job is to soak up the sun (when it shines) and eat and drink.
(sound nice?)
This is a tricky time.
 It causes our income to virtually be non existent.
This takes careful planning ahead of time. 
Bills will still need to be paid.

This is much like our walk on this earth. 
We need to be prepared.
The unexpected may happen at any time.
We need to be protecting our faith. Fellowshipping with other believers.
Daily reading God's word; 
those precious words that breathe life into us.
Sometimes they chastise and correct us.
But it is all part of the journey to be more like Christ.

II Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, 
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

What steps do you need to take to be prepared? 

Each day will take careful planning. 
Expenses scrutinized. 
Anticipation mounting as calving time draws closer.

As I reflect on the winter and my farmer's journey with cancer. 
We need to praise God for the timing. 
For the winter; gave rest. 
It wasn't without it's trials
 But as new life pushes through the veins of the ordered world. 
So is new life pulsing through my farmer; as he gains weight and his strength returns. 
We will make a plan. We will look forward to spring. 

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
 by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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