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Monday, August 23, 2010

Sleeping When the Wind Blows

A young man applied for a job as a farmhand. When the farmer asked for his qualifications, the young man simply replied, I can sleep when the wind blows.

This puzzled the farmer. I can sleep when the wind blows?  What kind of qualification is that? he wondered to himself. But he liked the young man, and decided to hire him.

A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm. They quickly began to check things out to see if all was secure. They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened and a good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace.

All the while, the young man soundly slept.

The farmer and his wife then inspected their property. They found that the farm tools had been placed in the storage shed, safe from the elements. The tractor had been moved into the garage. The barn was properly locked. Even the animals were calm.

All was well.

The farmer then understood the meaning of the young man’s words, I can sleep when the wind blows. Because the farmhand did his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for the storm when it broke.

So, as the wind blew that night, he was not afraid. He was sleeping in peace.

This week I pray that you won't grow weary in well doing.  Know that it is what you do in the routine of everyday life that will prepare you for the loud stormy nights... if you will allow God to prepare you.

David did not recognize it at the time, but as he was tending to the sheep, day in and day out, day in and day out, God was preparing him for the one day he would stand in front of a giant.

It was in the fields of everyday life where he had slain the lion and the bear with his very hands (Samuel 17:34-36).

As David stood in front of Goliath, he knew that if God would deliver him from a lion and a bear than surely He would deliver all of Israel from a Philistine Giant.

And the Deliver did.

David slept when the wind blew.

And so can you...

If you will allow God to prepare you in the fields of your everyday life.

2 comments:

Pat Johns said...

Thanks Tina for your encouraging words today......the contrary winds of opposition to all things christian are blowing stronger every day.....we know Jesus is coming soon by signs of the times......I have put my total trust in Him as I cover our family in prayer everyday.....love you......

Monique Barr said...

Awesome read TFS. Love you