Blessed

What a wonderful sound! Rain falling on the roof! It is a sound that we are hearing often again now. The brown landscapes that we have been looking at for the last few years are now turning green. Trees we thought were dead are recovering, with green leaves poking out of bare branches.

What a blessing, and we praise the Lord daily for His goodness.

Sitting in church, the preacher was talking about when Jesus fed the five thousand, and how the crowd wanted to make Him king, not because they saw Him as God to be worshipped but as a magical provider of their food. The same thing occurred with the women at the well in Samaria. She initially saw Jesus’ gift as a way to reduce her workload.

This struck a nerve with me, because with the rain came a fresh load of work. Broken dam banks, damaged driveway, contour banks smashed, paddocks with water channels, weeds growing at the rate of knots, and fences flattened. As we add up the cost in dollars and hours, we feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the job in front of us.

It was tempting to ask God for the Fairy Godmother or Angels to come and help.

God starting talking to me:

“I know what you have to do, don’t I? I control time, and I can make sure that you have enough of it to get through the things that need to be done.”

Remember, when I blessed Peter and John after they were fishing all night (Luke 5:4-6, John 21:2-6), their workload really increased as they had to gut, salt, sell and do whatever was needed with all those fish, Remember, it wasn’t a case of catch and release.”

Humbled, I remember, that not everyone has been blessed with the rain that we have seen, and some have sustained greater amounts of damage than we have.

Most farmers will know the truth of Philippians 4:12-13

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Recently, someone declared they didn’t understand why farmers even tried farming in Australia. The answer is simple, to answer the call of God to bless this country with food for their tables.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for the blessing of rain. We pray for those who are still waiting for it. Please continue to send Your strength, courage and persistence to those who have increased workloads, and also to those waiting. We thank You for always being faithful to Your children and to the country of Australia.

 

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By |2020-03-10T11:29:01+11:00March 10th, 2020|Australia, Authors, Faith|2 Comments

About the Author:

Helen was born in Mount Isa, the eldest of five children of Salvation Army Officers, and lived an almost nomadic life until she was fifteen. She discovered books as a preteen and read a lot, well into the night and occasionally all night. Two stories that captured her imagination were Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. Just like the heroines in these stories, she wanted to write.

A learning disability, which was not corrected until she was in her thirties, meant that schooling was a real struggle. It also meant that her dream seemed to be a distant mirage. Helen started writing poetry in her late 30's and had some poems published by the local newspaper. It was not until her late 50's that her dream of writing a book was finally realised. She now has several books published, which proves that God often takes us to places way beyond our dreams.

The struggle of raising five children and being a wife to a shearer/farmer in a small town, taught Helen a lot about life and the grace of God. During this time, she also completed her teaching degree and worked many casual jobs, in order to ensure that the farm was viable.

Today, she still lives on the farm in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. She has established a small publishing business with her daughter, which can be found at: https://woodwendy1982.wixsite.com/readingstones and blogs at The Helen Brown Collection.

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