When The Wind Blows
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic
sea coast. 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
farmhand?" 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 old man's 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, and he returned to bed to also sleep
while the wind blew.
Moral of the story: When you're prepared, 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 firmly in the Word of God.