Earlier this week I was telling a friend (who is a gentleman farmer) that rain was forecasted throughout the week—a good, steady, soaking rain. This is important because here in the Midwest we are in drought status and the impact is certainly being felt. Well he was skeptical. There have been forecasts throughout the Summer for such rain and it did not happen.
My farmer friend is man of strong Christian faith; his faith is obviously his top priority, so I can understand how he was not about to put his trust in meteorologists and Doppler radar. I asked him if he had specifically prayed for rain? He confessed that while trying to figure out workarounds for the animals and crops that he might not have specifically asked God for such a rain. Then I asked him if his farm was prepared to receive such a rain—the animals, the crops, the equipment. He left work early that day to tend to the farm. I am happy to report his farm received nearly 4 inches of rain this week!
Perhaps you have heard of the parable about preparing for rain. “There were two farmers who desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain. But only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?”
In Philemon 22 Paul writes, “And one thing more: prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.” Paul wrote this letter to Philemon while in prison in Rome. Paul was trusting God to provide. No one knew if Paul would ever be released. In faith and trust Paul was preparing for the day of his release–he prepared for rain.
Most of us are not farmers, so “preparing for rain” might be more of a metaphor for us. But we all have fields that need tended: our relationships, our occupations, our finances, our health, our faith I invite you to ask yourself today, as I am asking myself, are my fields prepared for rain?