That Time of Year

We have had good weather for getting into the fields and the sound of tractors come from all directions. This is a really good time of year….new expectations, new hopes for the coming season, renewal and sunshine, mixed with a bit of rain, make for a lot of hope for the future.

I probably love this time of year, because it is a time of new beginnings. That seems kind of an odd thing to say when the same stuff gets done year after year. Fields get prepared, seed gets purchased and equipment is whipped into shape for the planting season. Things we do every spring. And yet, it is new beginnings; as it is new seed, a new year of planting and the smell of fresh earth that never grows old.

My farmer husband is pretty old school compared to most in our area. He uses old tractors, an old planter (by today’s standards) and if his rows are straight it is totally his driving skills and not due to GPS technology. Personally, I think he kind of enjoys the thought that it is him and the field and not the field and a computer screen.

In our area we were blessed with some rain. We did not get as much as some miles away, but any amount is totally appreciated and raises expectations for a good year. That might just be the thing that keeps a farmer going…..the hopes and expectations that life will work out, no matter what it looks like right now.

I have learned a lot from farmers….I have learned that you do not give up, I have learned that, while you have no control over so many things in farming, you still prepare and put that seed in the ground and then you stand back and watch what will be.

So much of life is like that…you have no control over so many situations….but you still prepare…you still hope…there is still the expectations and the wonder of standing back and seeing what God will do with whatever is happening right now. The good, the bad, the uncertainty, the things that do not work out and the things that do….all remind me that God has it in hand..and I do not. There is a huge comfort in that thought for me.

May this week find you planning, hoping, expecting and knowing with great assurance that the plan is being worked out (even if we cannot see it) and life is good and living is not just surviving. Plant those seeds and see what God will do.

“Don’t judge each day
by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds that you plant.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson

25 thoughts on “That Time of Year

  1. says:

    Good to read one of your posts again. You were missed. I love the analogy between farming and everyday life. We have no control over what to
    Or tow will bring, but we always know that God had a better plan.

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  2. peggy says:

    A beautiful post Faye. Fall use to be my favorite season, but several years ago Spring became my favorite season. It is the same thing over and over, but it is exciting to plant and watch the seeds grow.. God definitely is in charge and that is wonderful. 😊

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  3. tinaor says:

    I love that your husband is old school and he should be proud his lines are straight because of him, not straight because of GPS. My life is not quite like yours – though we have just moved to the countryside – more to follow on a blog post sooon! However, my husband only yesterday commented whilst on a train journey just how many people were heads down looking at their phones, not enjoying the fields they were passing – nor even reading book and glancing around – purely logged in and therefore logged out of pretty much instant life around them. Rant over! I am quite ‘old school’ myself at times!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My husband is very old school…he just got a cell phone a few months back and has to be told to take it along to the field (just in case he needs something). He keeps saying he has lived without being tied to a phone for 65 years and why start now…he might be on to something!

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  4. Mags says:

    Beautiful post. You and your husband as well as all farmers are in my prayers. Without farmers we would have no food, what a blessing for all who stick with it and not give up when hard times come. Blessings to you!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My husband would not wish to do any other job. He grew up on a farm and loves the life of a farmer. Like I said he is not so up to date with all the farming technology and I think he kind of likes it that way….much simpler and the equipment is easier to fix.

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      • Mags says:

        That kind of equipment has worked for a whole lot of farmers for a whole lot of years. My dad was a farmer for several years a long time ago. I loved living on the farm.


    • thechickengrandma says:

      We had a dry summer also. Not even 3 inches total of rain since before June. Our soybeans did not do to badly but our corn was planted on the sandy ground and did not do well at all. But we have never gone hungry or had a total crop failure and God is always faithful.

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