In the past week we've had entirely too much rain. Each day brought downpours from 1-4 inches and as the ground became over-saturated and the grass grew much too thick, I began to get cabin fever and worry about things. The pasture was beginning to flood in places creating problems for the horses, the two acres of grass around the house was beginning to grow out of control, and the possibility of snakes infesting the yard became more likely. Would I be able to take care of the routine chores that were now becoming seriously overdue?
I became ashamed of myself. I needed to take a special moment to talk with God and thank Him instead of complaining. I remembered years past when we had severe droughts, the grass died, the trees turned brown and we even worried about the well running dry. Even worse, I remembered those days when fire was rampant in many nearby areas and the ever-present smoke in the air made us fearful of the potential danger to family and home. At that point snakes and too much growth would have been a blessing.
Being naturally the worrying sort, I had to remind myself to spend my time on only about things over which I had control. As for the others, I would have to take them in stride and deal with them as they came up. It will dry out, the grass will be cut, albeit it slowly and when and if the snakes show up, I will just keep my eyes open. I've dealt with them before. Weather, seasons and life can change fast. It's just the way things are and facing reality calmly is what God wants us to do.
Thank you, Lord, for calming me and making me realize just how wonderful this world is always. Be it raining or shining, it will go on and we can handle whatever comes our way.
Dear Lord, Thank you for the rains that you bring to nurture the earth. And thank you for the sunshine which uses the rain to create the beautiful flowers and plants that adorn our glorious countryside. Help me to always keep things in proper perspective and to turn to Thee when I have doubts or worries, for Thou art the answer to all of our needs and wants, now and forever. We ask in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Amen
Brothers and Sisters, have a wonderful Sabbath Day and keep it Holy.