Tuesday, May 26, 2009

where the wind blows..

I love this short story. It's called "I can sleep where the wind blows". I've read this so many times. It's one of those stories to be pondered. I don't know the source of this story because I've kept this since a long time ago. It's a story about how ready you are to face the world with full of challenges ahead of you. The story tells us about our preparation to live the life we have now. It's like having plan A and B when this and that happened. Not just sit there and waiting for things to happen. And when you finally face the issue, all you have in your mind is panic because you are not ready yet to face it. I'm not saying that we have to plan everything in this life but when you know something will come to you or will happen soon, there's nothing wrong to be prepared and be ready. And after you read the story, I hope you can sleep well tonight. Don't let the bed bugs bite=)

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 farm hand?" 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.
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 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 God's hand to have peace in the middle of storms.
(images from vi.sualize.us)

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