As a kid, my Dad was a rancher/farmer/software programmer–odd combo, I know. He was a genius of sorts, a MENSA member, with a degree in Math and Physics. During the week, he would commute to his office at a technology company and work to create programs that did things such as measure the salt in a certain well-known brand of potato chips, and other things of which I didn’t care much about because I liked Farmer Dad better (I will assume that my ex-NSA software programmer brother might know what else dad did, and he may tell me, but may have to kill me…)
On the weekends, Dad ate the aforementioned potato chips and we would feed the cows, fix fences (that were mathematically perfect), haul hay, birth calves, and drive tractors and trucks.
Anyway, I was thanking the good Lord above for the rain recently and it impressed upon me how reliant farmers are on God to provide. As a farmer, he was always thankful for the provision of rain which caused the ponds to fill for livestock, and the grass to grow to bale hay. If it rained at the right time, we’d have more grass, we’d have more hay, we’d have a better year. Likewise, if it rained after the hay was cut, and before it was baled, we were not so blessed. You get the idea. Direct effect. God in control. I believe that farmers are cognizant in ways that other aren’t of ‘from whom their blessings flow’. Have you ever heard a software programmer say “I’m thankful God provided that code when he did”? I’m guessing seldom. We could learn a lot from these farmers. They work hard, they do their part, they ask for blessing, they trust in God, they praise Him for provision, they know there is a season for everything–and they do this out of necessity; in a way that many of us do not relate to.
God blesses the farmer, and He so desires to bless us in our work. But He desires our reliance, our trust, our hard work. He desires for us to watch the seasons, to watch for rain, to be on the lookout, to prepare, to hope, to give thanks, to plant, to reap, to sow. He desires our hard work, but mostly, he desires our faith, trust, and reliance.