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Nothing is majorly wrong.
But life just feels messy and stinky.
Kids getting hurt.
(We were down to 5 but then got 9 more since five chickens wouldn’t give me enough eggs to feed our crew. And if I’m cleaning up after 5 chickens it might as well be worth it in the end! Currently we have 13.)
Just an overall feeling of the “blah’s.”
I KNOW I need spring to get here.
I KNOW we are all feeling cooped up.
I KNOW I need a vacation to the Bahamas.
I KNOW that ain’t going to happen anytime soon.
So what do I do in the meantime?
Last week as we were driving home from therapy….we had a bit of “excitement.”
There was a tractor coming towards us on a two lane country road. Pulling a big green manure spreader.
(similar to the picture below)
And attached to the manure spreader was a third piece of equipment.
(actual picture below)
The kid driving the big tractor had backed the cart up over the snow bank and then tried to drive away.
And as he was driving towards us the third piece of equipment started breaking apart into many pieces!
And the big long metal pipe you see laying the snow??
Yeah, that almost took off the driver side of my van!
Thankfully I had seen him back the third piece up over the snow bank and was being very defensive in my driving and was watching him closely. And when the metal tube (full of manure) broke off and flew across the road to our side I thankfully I had room to swerve off the road so it didn’t hit us!
Talk about getting hit with some sh*t!!
Thankfully the broken tube stopped within an inch of my door and no damage was done to the van!
So what do we do when our days just don’t go as planned?
Do we cry and bellyache about it?
Do we complain about all the mess in our lives and how we wish it wasn’t so smelly??
(and boy did it stink!!)
Or do we do what the kid who was driving the tractor did?
He JUMPED out of the tractor. He got his hands DIRTY to pull the pipe out of the middle of the road. And took care of the problem.
Becuz in this life we will have troubles.
When we do (finally) obey God’s calling on our life, He doesn’t guarantee that it will all smell like roses.
(And that can stop a lot of us from ever jumping in and taking the plunge to do something radical for Jesus!)
We like sweet smelling things!
We don’t want to get messy!
But you know what?
I’m sure the kid farmer went home and his mom had soap and water for him to wash up with.
And I’m sure he learned a very important lesson that day.
That backing a piece of equipment up over a snow bank is not a good idea!!!
What are we learning through the stinky part of our days?
Becuz believe it or not the stinky, smelly stuff is what fertilizes the ground and makes the crops grow better!
So maybe we need more manure in our lives??
Or at least let the stuff we are going through make us stronger and better!