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DD    Posted 07-29-2004 at 23:40:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly
advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along
the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic,
wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed
applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the
farmer. "Are you a good farmhand?" the farmer asked him.

"Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The
little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer
felt satisfied with the man's work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the
farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping
quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up! A storm is coming! Tie
things down before they blow away!"

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can
sleep when the wind blows."

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot.
Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he
discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.
The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the
doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything
was tied down. Nothing could blow away.

The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed
to also sleep while the wind blew.

MORAL: When you're prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have
nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?
The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm
against the storm.

We, as believers in Christ, secure ourselves against the storms of life by
grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don't need to understand, we just
need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of the storms.

Sleep well

Len .......N.Y.    Posted 07-30-2004 at 01:55:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
DD. Your posts are truly an inspiration.Thank you. You are appreciated.Glad you're back

SusieQ    Posted 07-30-2004 at 03:33:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Amen to that one DD.....keeping one's house in order is just that...Thanks for a wonderful thought of the day, is is just GREAT!

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