On the Farm we have many Winter responsibilities. Hauling wood to keep the stove going pretty much nonstop, stock piling feed, checking for new calves or any ailments in the herds & flocks. Feeding cattle every day, some days hauling water, fixing equipment, ordering seeds, garden planning and trying to strategically balance & prepare for an entire year’s budget for farming & raising livestock and keeping the wheels in motion all at once.
Over the years the farm has taught me that no matter how prepared you think you are…plans will change.
We’ve endured some really hard Winters here. Mother Nature is a beast as we all know. Just when I think we are as prepared as we ever could be a rare arctic bomb cyclone will hit, or a random December tornado. Predators may be thicker then normal or sickness strikes with a vengeance.
Life is the same way isn’t it?
The list is long of things I never could be prepared for in advance in life. An ugly divorce, suicide, unexpected sickness & losses of close friends.
As time goes on and the seasons change you learn, adjust, dust yourself off when needed and just keep going. I’ve learned to do that when it comes to the farm and apply it to my life every year as our story and journey here continues and unfolds.
I may never be fully prepared for Mother Nature’s unruly wrath each season but I always hope and pray my heart is prepared for eternity whenever that day comes.
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5&6