Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The weather

      Today we are praying for rain.  That is part of the life of a farmer!  One day there is too much rain and the crops cannot be planted.  A couple of weeks later there is not enough rain so there is fear the seeds planted won't be able to break through the crusty ground.  Then after they begin to grow, a huge rain comes that leaves water standing in the fields and the worry that the new plants will drown.
    As the days and weeks progress this cycle is repeated--worry there is too much rain, followed by worry there won't be enough rain and the crops will be stressed at pollination.  It is an endless cycle of concern about the weather. 
      I grew up as the daughter of a farmer.  I always said I will never marry a farmer because I used to get really anxious when my dad worried about the weather.  But guess what!   I am now married to a farmer!  It didn't start out that way.  I guess you could say I was "tricked".  When Country Guy and I got married he was headed to law school.  After law school he was a successful attorney and the managing partner of a large law firm in Nebraska for many years, but his heart was always in the country.  (I must add, that even after all my declarations of not wanting to be married to a farmer--mine was, too.)  
     This is an excellent example of God looking on the heart and not on the outward things.  When He looked at our hearts He saw a longing to return to our roots in the country.  And so, I guess if I trusted Him to bring us back here, I can trust Him to provide rain when He determines it is needed.  He is so great and awesome and He knows the plans He has for us--plans not to harm us but to give us a future and hope. (Jer. 29:11)
     I'm "hoping" and praying for rain very soon.

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