Living in the upper Midwest, I know that spring will eventually come. However, having had a blizzard followed two days later by a couple more inches of snow and icy roads making Easter travel hazardous, spring feels very far away. Not what any of us wanted or expected this Easter!
I have many relatives who are farmers, and late spring storms can cause immense problems for calving and getting into the fields to prepare them for planting. In fact, these storms can be significant enough to make or break a farmer’s year. My husband, as a contractor, is also often at the mercy of the weather. The weather this past week cost him an entire week on the job site for a job that has significant daily penalties for every day past projected completion.
Zechariah 10:1 says, “Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.” The verse in Zechariah highlights the power and promise of God. Despite wanting rain instead of snow, the farmers did receive much-needed moisture from the dense and heavy snow. Despite wanting a clean and easy finish to the job, my husband will need to use every day between now and the completion date with wisdom and trust in God.
In the end, isn’t that what life really boils down to? Trusting in the Lord? I do admit I struggle to do this with both the big and little things. I’m getting better at seeking the Lord daily and meditating on his promises which keeps me from the negative spirals of fear and worry. In the end, I have over 40 years of experience to show me that God always brings spring to the prairie!
I am praying for all of the farmers and businesses greatly influenced by the weather. Spring will come, followed by summer. The Lord will provide all that we need. In that we can trust.
Contributed by Liz Hunt