Everything touches your family. Even people and activities that seem to have nothing to do with you will in some way touch your family. Sometimes it is good to have another person's perspective about what is happening around us. This is that place.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Remembering Who Is in Control—Day 15 of a Town Girl Touched by the Farming Life
Frank truly worked day after day for his family's daily bread.
us today our daily bread." Matthew
When I try
to visualize this verse, I imagine a rural setting or farm scene. It seems that families that work the ground
and directly depend on what it produces are more closely touched by the truth
that everything good we receive is a gift from God. Yet, God does not give us any
especially understand this, and they also realize that, despite their best
efforts, only God can provide daily for their needs. No one can make a seed sprout. People
can only provide the most optimal setting for that seed: enriched soil, appropriate moisture, vital
protection against dangers, such as disease and infestation, etc. Some people would want to argue that they can
force a seed (or bulb) to sprout and
will site experiences with tulip bulbs in pots in the middle of winter. However, that is only someone providing the
right situation to allow the tulip to come to life, not truly someone making it
come to life. If this were possible,
then I believe farming today would be very different.
the farther that members of the human race get away from the farm the less they
believe they need to rely on God. Self-centered,
these city dwellers often tend to believe that it is by their own power and
might or even intelligence that they get what they need (or want). In truth, pride plagues people of both towns
and country. Then situations, such as
Hurricane Sandy, come along and remind even the most proud that in reality
people are basically powerless. Then
they remember who is truly responsible for providing them with their
"daily bread." It is too bad
that it often takes a disaster or tragedy touching a family before mankind
remembers who is truly in control.