As a blogger friend posted about the rain and hay making- which can be very dicey- it occurred to me that anyone who farms has so much to contend with on a day to day basis. There is the weather, insects that destroy, insects that help, insects that are neither and the job of telling them apart, animal husbandry, fatigue and the list goes on. Where do we find the strength to keep at it? Where does one go for help for these things such as weather for which there is no control?
For me my faith in God and my Bible are my mainstays. Many would scoff at this and that is ok. I simply cannot deny what my Creator does for me in my life- I have seen to much to be dissuaded. Some who may share my Christian faith will think what follows is mystical hog wash and that is ok, too. Again, I have seen the proof in my life and on my farm, in my kids and I know that this works.
It is all in our perspectives with which we view our world. If we deny that we have an enemy- we see the world and what happens to us in one of two ways.
1. I must be blowing it- or
2. God is holding out on me.
Neither are true. We were born into a world at war, good versus evil. God versus Satan. The good news is that God wins. I have come to the conclusion that the enemy hates gardens and farms- especially organic ones that seek to steward this Earth the way God intended. Just look at what Monsanto is doing to small farmers and our food sources and you will see evil at work.
So considering that I have this enemy who wants to take me down, I get up every morning and I go to battle. I pray over my farm, my family, my marriage but I don’t just pray empty words or cliches, I use the Word of God as my sword. You will find a scripture on any subject that you need if you look, but for the sake of this discussion on farm life- I will stick to the ones I use over my farm.
For the seed shall be prosperous,
The vine shall give its fruit
The ground shall give her increase,
And the heavens shall give their dew-
I will cause the remnant of this people
To posses all theses.
Proverbs 27: 25
When the hay is removed and the tender grass shows itself,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
The lambs will provide your clothing,
And the goats the price of a field
You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food,
For the food of your household
And the nourishment of you maidservants.
Deuteronomy 28: 11-12
And the Lord shall grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body,, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground…
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.
Each morning as I pray these words over my farm, I thank God that He has given me these promises. As I pray I also remind Satan of these truths and tell him to take his curses- such as grasshoppers- back to hell where they came from. Just as in any war, you win some battles and you lose some battles. Regardless of the outcome of the battles I know who won the war and what the future holds- Victory. So, when hardships do come I remember the promises and stand on those. If I lose the battle of the squash to the squash bug, I thumb my nose at the enemy and replant. Then, little by little you begin to see the shift. You produce more, things come a little easier, and you see more of the promises show up in the everyday life. With faith we can move mountains- or shift the mountain of high pressure off of us in the summer to let a little rain in. Maybe there is not a huge amount of rain, but if by faith I can shift a 1/2 inch in to our skies that may make the difference between life and death of my gardens. I will take that as a win. Today as I write this, it never got over 83′ F and we have received about 4 inches of rain over the past 4 days- in JULY in TEXAS. That is nothing short of a miracle. Oh, how we are rejoicing.
None of this means that life is just easy street, but it means that instead of futility I can see our farm advancing. I have been praying like this for the past 15 years in regards to my children and my marriage and when the farm came along about 7 years ago I approached it the same way. It took awhile for the gardens to build up some steam but finally I began to harvest enough tomatoes to make some sauce and put it up by canning. Now, I am canning some every week. These are victories.
Trust me, you will be opposed when you begin to pray like this and to believe the promises of God. This does not make the promises less true, to the contrary it means they are all the more real.