It feels as if every day is a rainy day right now. That isn't true and we know it. We had some very nice days in early to mid-September and we awaited drier fields anxiously so we could get things done. In fact, we did get a few things done. Then, it rained some more. And, a bit more. Annnnnd... a bit more. One morning we awoke with the understanding based on the weather forecast as shared by multiple sources that we should have a day without rain and we looked to the East and saw the light of a new dawn.
We looked to the West and saw.......
|Clouds and a rainbow|
Under normal circumstances, the relatively light rain shower that did, in fact, march right towards our farm, would not have been much more than an inconvenience. In this case, it felt very much like a betrayal. Isn't a rainbow supposed to be a promise? Don't we usually associate the promises of a rainbow with positive things? Then what was the promise of rain doing on our 'positive promise list?' After all, we've seen this sight on the farm multiple times now this year:
But this? This is a daily slog to get food to the poultry flocks. It's losing boots in the mud and desperately trying not to fall on your can while you try to get your foot back in the boot. It's about watching hundreds of tomatoes rot and numerous other crops drown. It's a situation where we actually have to think carefully about what equipment we should even consider getting out to do work because we don't want to permanently tear up pathways or fields. Caleb nearly realized this the hard way recently when he took the lawn tractor to help haul water to birds (yes, we do see the irony in that). He doesn't usually do that job so he wasn't as aware as Tammy and I are as to what paths are safest to take right now. It was a near thing, but he managed to NOT get stuck.
So, here we are. Looking for a promise that makes sense to us. We could just accept a 'promise' that is less than promising or we can look for the opportunities that are hiding behind the persistent rain clouds. It's at this point in the blog that we should turn this therapy session away from "woe is me" to "I'll take that promise and raise you some determination." But, I am having a difficult finding it this time around.
Perhaps the blessing this time around is a chance to look harder for the promise, whatever it ends up being.