The road to the field that I drove to work on is five miles long and dead ends at the barn. It is unpaved and isolated, with periodic steep canyons on either side. The drive is beautiful and peaceful, unless you get caught in a rain storm. It can then be quite treacherous as the dirt becomes saturated and transforms into mud. An enjoyable drive can turn into a race to reach pavement so that you don’t slide off or get stuck on your way out.
Some of the fields where I was preparing the soil for seeding were located near the end of that five mile road. Once I reached the tractor and parked the pickup, the furthest away point to be worked was another mile beyond. Driving the tractor back to your vehicle can take awhile when you are on the far end of the field. Because of this, on cloudy days, I always kept a watchful eye on the sky. In farming you don’t quit unless you have to, or the work will never get done.
I have to admit, I am more cautious than most when it comes to shutting down because of rain. Anxiety would come upon me when the clouds darkened. Thoughts of becoming stranded would lurk in the back of my mind. Until, that is, Our Lord had pity on me. One day when I was pondering leaving the field because the sky was threatening, I saw a small piece of blue in the middle of the cloudy sky. God’s peace came over me, and I knew that it was safe to stay. From that time forward, as long as there was a sign of blue sky, I would continue to work the field. A time or two there were even raindrops on my windshield. Yet, if the sky became dark with no evidence of a break, I would turn around and head back to the house. I am so thankful that God chose to speak to me in that way.
The Lord always wants to communicate with us in a way we are best able to understand. This week I would like to invite you to pay particular attention to how Jesus speaks to you. Through Scripture, nature, the radio, a gentle impression upon your spirit when you are talking to Him, or even through other people. There are many and varied ways the Lord is speaking. It delights His heart to have conversation with us. May we be sensitive in our hearing as we walk with Him through each and every day.
Psalm 85:8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Psalm 19:1,2 NKJV
19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament[a] shows [b]His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
1 Kings 19:12 KJV 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (italics mine).
Matthew 28:20 … lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.