Some days this life is hard, full of tough continual work, bad weather, low wages , manual labor, all the downsides of farming. It isn't all glitter and glamour, it's hard work.
Sometimes the darkness seeps into your soul with frustration, despair, tiredness, negative emotions that make life hard.
Yesterday was such a day... An unusually tough delivery day. By the time we returned home we were dead tired and Drained emotionally. Then, just when you want to sit down for a second to breath, the clock reminds you.... "it's time to milk the goats"..... So you head out in the cold darkness to continue on....
But... Then... A spark. Our God watches over us in amazing ways. He cares about our feeling as much as our future. He knows our limits and respects them, carrying us through the tough times when our own strength fails.
Yesterday was an example. At the end of the day when the thoughts hit ... "why are we doing this?"... An email arrives out of the blue that provides the answer. Another family much like ours, fighting for the lives of their children, searching for answers and health that is so elusive. They need help, just like we did 4 years ago. Their story touches our hearts and brings a glowing warmth of "Oh... THATS why we do this."
Suddenly the frustration turns into motivation and the farm isn't big enough, the work becomes child's play. There is a purpose.
Farming is not a job, it is a mission. A life mission, a labor of love.
Whenever we forget that... HE reminds us... And we start afresh, renewed by the knowledge that this makes a difference in someone's life.