Today’s Forecast: Showers of Blessings

RidgeBuildingSmallThe Mexico farmland I hike past almost every morning has often been tilled by a horse drawn plow. This leaves the field carved into ridges. The farmers plant their seeds or seedlings on these ridges. The new plants look tiny for the first few weeks, but the rainy season provides the moisture they need to grow quickly.

I grew up on an Iowa farm, far from these Mexican farms, but still so similar in many ways. I’m always reminded of how much the farmer depends on God’s miracle of germination and growth and upon God’s blessing of sun and rain. Farmers have this partnership with God, whether they acknowledge it or not (I suppose there are atheist farmers, but I’m guessing they’re few in number).

Farmers are not the only ones who depend on God’s help in their endeavors. In reality, everyone depends on God’s help for everything, whether they want to admit it or not. God is the Great Provider! It may be more obvious to the farmer and gardener that there’s a dependence on God for sun and rain, but there’s no human enterprise that’s without the blessings from God. Whether it’s building a marriage, raising children, cleaning a house, mowing a lawn, playing a sport, working in a store or factory or office, or any other activity, the fact is that we’re given the strength, wisdom, and ability by God. We can pretend we’re doing it on our own, but we’re only pretending, and are deceiving ourselves.

We grasp the big picture and see reality as it really is when we acknowledge our partnership with God on a day by day, hour by hour, and moment by moment basis. The added benefit is that when we acknowledge this and live each day with a faith and trust in Him we’ll find ourselves less worried and more hopeful. Yes, our lives flourish because of His showers of blessings!

You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.” (Psalm 65:9-10)

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