Thanksgiving is upon us once again. Over the last two years I have accepted my salvation through Jesus Christ, begun to grow in the Lord, study my bible, and watch my family grow in their love for the Lord. If you are like we used to be, thanksgiving was a day of family, feasting, football (I still cry when I see the Lions lose on thanksgiving day), and a quick prayer before we gorged ourselves on foods fit for a king.
However, this past Sunday morning the Thanksgiving season took on a whole new meaning. At morning service we heard preaching on the topic of thanksgiving...there are hundreds of references to thanksgiving in the bible, and every one is applicable to us at different points in our lives, but I hadn't ever "felt" truly thankful for the things in my life...after all, I had EARNED those things with MY hard work, right? Well, actually I was wrong. MY hard work only came through the gifts that God had given me...the ability to lead my teams when I was back in management, the ability to raise our animals here on the farm, the ability to raise our children (actually Crystal did most of that work, her gift is MUCH greater than mine, not to mention her patience). However this Sunday I was given the greatest gift of my life, the survival of my children. Let me explain:
After morning service we had the opportunity to travel to my mother's house for a visit...just the girls and I. Vivian was driving, logging hours so that she could take her drivers license test. The roads were in great condition, most of the snow having burned off in the sun, however, we found a shady spot, some black ice, and then a farmers field...all in about 3 seconds. We had lost control, hit the embankment and started rolling. We had a Reese hitch, brake rotors, farm tools, staple guns, and all types of heavy parts and pieces in the back of our Suburban as we were rolling....over, and over, and over, and finally upside down...yup, three times we rolled over. We crawled out of the vehicle, safe for a couple bruises, 120ft from the road, shaken and crying. As we stood in a huddle and gave a prayer of thanks to God for preserving us through our ordeal I realized that our safety through this accident was guaranteed for us almost 20 years ago.
See, our Suburban was manufactured in the year 2000, almost 16 years ago, designed for a couple of years before that. Before the design phase could begin the engineers had to be trained and experienced enough to design the safety features that kept us safe through all of the violence of a roll over accident. I firmly believe that this was prepared for us by God, LONG before we would ever need his protection.
How does all this fit into farming? You are farmers, right? Valid questions to ask of us, and yes this does all tie into farming, but mostly it ties into thanksgiving. Let's hit both at the same time. 1 Timothy 4:4-5 'For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.'
Psalms 50:14 tells us 'Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:'
Here on the farm, we strive to base our decision making process on as much scripture as we can find. Through prayer and thanksgiving for the gifts that God has given us we ask for direction for the farm, and for our lives. Through prayer, bible study, and doing our best to live by the Bible's teachings we allow God to pour out blessings to us as he sees fit.
Remember on this Thanksgiving Holiday to thank the one 'Most High' for his gifts to you, your family, and for the blessings he pours out to you. Titus 2:10 'In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: In doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,'
May the Lord bless you in all things...have a SAFE, and wonderful Thanksgiving!
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