Lazy Days of Summer?

I hear people refer to the “lazy days of summer”, but I’m not sure I truly know what those lazy days are!

On the farm, summer is anything but lazy! In the fields, there is harvesting, planting, tilling, fertilizing, spraying and irrigating.  In the pastures, there is counting and checking cattle, hauling water and making sure windmills are pumping, and moving cattle from one pasture to the next as the grass gets eaten or becomes brown and crisp from lack of rain.

With the thermometer reading in the triple digits for many days now and no rain to speak of, the farmers around here will tell you these are the “dog days of summer” not the lazy days!

Having said all that, I can assure you that many a farmer, Hubby included, would not think of changing their occupation.  There seems to be something about dirt, sweat, grease under fingernails and knowing farmer has done all he can. The rest is up to God to orchestrate the weather so the seeds will grow and produce a harvest.

As my farmer goes about his busy day, he also keeps an eye on the horizon and the sky.  He is watchful of curls of smoke or a sudden flare of fire in field, ditch or pasture, or clouds building with promise of rain. He is trusting God for protection and provision.

These are not the lazy days of summer!

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:7-11

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