May 15, 2019

Daily Devotional May 15, 2019

Last year Shannon told me she wanted Bermuda hay for her horses.  Since I raise oat hay for the cows, this meant buying Bermuda seed (which is very expensive), plowing a new field multiple times, using the harrow to smooth everything out and break up any remaining dirt clods, broadcasting the seed, and running a cultipacker over the field to make it perfect.  Then I waited for the rain.  It didn’t happen.  The summer was so dry I lost all the seed.

This year I decided to go for round two.  I bought the seed and have patiently waited to prepare the field.  This year the rain did happen – too much.  I have been unable to plow, harrow, broadcast, or use the cultipacker.  I can’t get the tractor into the field.  It’s too wet.  I have been unable to plant the seed.

While I don’t gamble, I have heard that farming and gambling have a lot in common.  I guess I do gamble because I never know how things are going to turn out.  It’s either feast or famine.

My brilliant plan to replant the field may or may not happen because I am running out of time.

While it is important to plan, it doesn’t always go our way.  And when the plan fails, what I’ve discovered is that the world keeps turning.  That’s because God is in control.

As Solomon said, “The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.”  (Proverbs 19:21)

So when life doesn’t go your way, know that God still holds the universe in his hands.  And his plan is to bring you home.  That’s the plan that really matters.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me to always trust in you above all else.  Give me faith, joy, peace, and guidance.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Right now I am whining about too much rain.  In August I will be whining that there’s not enough.  I’m awfully hard to please.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins