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Not My Plan

I was all prepared to spend a long evening on the tractor, but God had other plans. These clouds passed over the field with darker ones building and following close behind dumping buckets of rain.

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I only remember using windshield wipers a couple times in the tractor, so it took some looking for the right switch. At first the wipers and sprinkles made mud on the glass, but soon the rain had it washed. By the time I made it to the field’s edge and pickup, it was an all out downpour! Obviously my evening plans were changed!

On my way home, I was thinking of how often my plans are not God’s plans. This rain not only changed plans for this evening, but for tomorrow as well.

Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord

God wants us to seek and call upon Him (vs 6). Do I daily seek God and His direction, or am I too caught up in making my own plans and to-do list?

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

As a farmer during planting season, the next verse in Isaiah 55 speaks volumes to me. Many variables are out of my control when it comes to getting a good harvest, but God IS in control.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater…”

When I give up control and truly seek God, His purpose will be evident in my life.
“…my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:11-12

Joy, peace, and bursting forth with song, that’s the life I want to live! God’s plan, not mine!

 

Glistening Masterpiece

While some of you are snowed under, others are watching the flood levels. In southwest Kansas we are still enduring an extended drought. No matter what trial we are in the midst of, God is always there.

Yesterday God’s handiwork began to shine as the sun came up. My early morning travels took me through the Oklahoma Panhandle, and I had to make several unexpected stops to try to capture some shots of God’s glistening masterpiece.

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This part of the country is dry enough, any little bit of moisture is welcome. Even if it comes as freezing drizzle in late April.

It is easy to worry when the weather is so unpredictable and one is a farmer.  However, Jesus has some great words in the book of Luke.

“I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Luke 12:22-28 NLT

Farther East the landscape had a blanket cover of canola in full bloom. God’s exclamation point to say “I am in control!”

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March Madness

Hubby has the tractors going, trying to meet CRP deadlines.  Irrigation wells are pumping due to lack of rain and snow. Our cows are beginning to calve. The early veggie seeds are tucked under loose dirt in the garden. Spring Break has come and gone, and so far my NCAA basketball bracket is not too shabby.  It is March Madness at our Home-On-The-Range.

Each year when we spring forward and lose an hour, our schedule and workload seem to immediately multiply.  Even with good organizational skills, sometimes the madness is like a Kansas whirlwind spinning out of control. For instance, yesterday I was supposed to scan seed sheets and submit the seed orders.  This task needed done so the orders would be filled for the next delivery. Unfortunately, this job was not on my to-do list and was forgotten until this morning.

I dropped the ball, but the game is not over.  Hubby and I need to listen and communicate well to minimize turnovers.  We also need to continue to daily review our play book (Bible) and take Coach’s (God’s) advice. All our hard work is meaningless, meaningless if we do not work as a team for our God.

The wisest and wealthiest man on earth, King Solomon, concludes with these words:

 Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14

Everything we do, whether work or play should honor God. It is our duty to obey His commands. In fact, I Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

It’s time to head out of the locker room with game face on, giving my all during this March madness.

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