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I find myself daydreaming about having a small farm on a piece of land out in the country more often then I like to admit. I found this poem written by Patricia Neely-Dorsey. The words “uncomplicated, unhurried, unrushed” are words I dream of. Living on a small farm, homesteading or any lifestyle that includes living off of the land is not an easy road to take. You still have to wake up “before the chickens” to feed animals, do farm chores, garden chores in addition to all of the normal house hold duties that we have to take care of on a daily basis. It is not a glamorous lifestyle but yet, my heart longs for it.
When the heart desires something we tend to start praying for that specific desire. We open our bibles to Psalms 37:4 “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. Then we wait and wonder why God isn’t giving us what we want. What proceeds is weeks, months and even years of waiting. This is when we become impatient. Waiting, wondering why, crying when no one is looking and eventually, even though you may not admit it, we become angry at God.
I would be lying if I said I have not been there. People will tell you all of the time to “let go and let God”. I think we hear that saying so often that we forget how very powerful it is. You see Proverbs 19:21 tells us “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”.
You can take comfort in knowing that while you may choose the path to get there, God purpose for your life will prevail. He knows us better than we know ourselves and I can rest easy knowing that the wait is a perfect time to be closer to Him and delight in Him. Only then will you have peace during the wait. Because at the end of the day, no matter our circumstance, our heart is all he desires.
With all of the hustle and bustle of the on-coming holiday season, stress is often passed around like a a bad cold during flu season. Well, not only have I caught the stress-bug it has been an all around tough month for me both mentally and spiritually. I tend to be one of those people who bottle up emotions and put them on a shelf to “deal with” later. The problem with this is that I never get around to dealing with those emotions. I just keep piling hurt, annoyances, pain, stress, etc, on that shelf until one day there is no room left. On that day something as small as running out of ketchup for my french fries makes the whole shelf come tumbling down. If there is ever a time when I pity those within my direct line of fire, it is when mamma’s shelf falls. Thank God for my husband who always does a great job helping me work through all of my bottled up junk and my best friend Jenny who doesn’t always tell me what I want to hear but rather what I need to hear. However sometimes we need to seek peace before that shelf gets full. So today I walked outside and worked in my garden as I prayed.
I was immediately reminded of Job. Job 12:7-10 says “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” As I look out on my garden and the nature all around me I am constantly reminded of how beautiful His works are. All I can think about is that this Earth is a priceless masterpiece from the greatest artist of all time and if I am a living on this Earth than I am a part of that priceless masterpiece. As I sit on the ledge of my raised bed, pruning my tomato plants I am given peace knowing that this too shall pass.
2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
I am so excited that my first harvest of the season has finally come! I remember last season when the garden was producing at amazing rates and I had an over abundance of crop. I didn’t know what to do with it all! I had canned, dehydrated and used all I could. I was at the point where I was giving a lot of vegetables away to friends, family and neighbors. At that time I was actually saying I had too much **Gasp!**
Looking back at that time just a few months ago I cannot believe I was complaining! Now I feel like it has been forever since I have harvested any food beacuse we are waiting for the fall crops to ripen. Oh how I wish I could go back to that time when God allowed our “cup to run over”. A hard lesson to learn as a new gardener. As my first fall harvest comes, I will always remember to be thankful no matter what part of the growing season it is or how big or small the harvest is. Ever harvest is a blessing
Today I am thankful for radishes and the all of the food I will be growing for my family in the next coming weeks.