After five beautiful days which were truly needed to help us dry out, we were hit again last night by heavy rains. And they are expected to last through the day, tonight and finally ending by late morning tomorrow. The ground is once again mushy and the horses are cranky so today will be a challenge in meeting the needs of our Ark residents as well as keeping reasonably dry.
I am always glad when the Lord sends us the glorious rains here in Florida. After all, the Sunshine State goes through amazing feast and famine cycles. Over the last ten years we had a huge shortfall in rains and the local lakes paid the price dearly. In some places, docks on the lakes stopped far before they reached the water and it looked like a nice sandy beach in the middle of Death Valley. So the rains are always beneficial, and they also give us a respite this year from the usual cycle of brush and forest fires that are so threatening here when the pine forests are tinderbox dry.
Our pasture has a a large section that is now underwater and resembles a small lake. My donut-shaped pond on the property is nearly full for the first time in ten years and, on the negative side, the entryway into the property is getting quite mushy and has to be closed to all but my own traffic. We will probably park our emergency vehicle at the gate so that there can be no likelihood of getting stuck, but this is a small price to pay for insuring that our precious water supply which comes from the heavily-used Florida Aquifer remains in good shape.
I tell this little personal story since I hope that each of us always remembers that when things look gloomy, the blue sky is replaced by gray, and the heavy rains give you a good soaking and cause a little inconvenience it is also a blessing. Nothing on earth can live for long without the precious water that we need. And it's also a good reminder that nothing can survive after this life without the precious water that is the Water of Life, Our Lord and Savior. He is our Way to Eternal Life.
Thank you, Lord, for the rain and for always being here for us. And as I go about the Ark today, caring for our animals and checking on conditions, keep me full of the knowledge that you will look after us.
We are responsible for caring for them through His grant of dominion over all living things. Experience them and you will see a wonderful example of His Glory.
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