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Sleep through a stormy night

Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast.  He constantly advertised for hired hands.  Most people were to 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 interviewsed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, weel past middle age, approached the farmer.  "Are you a good farm hand?" ther farmer asked him.  "YES and I can sleep through a stormy night." answered the new man.

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Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desparate 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 new 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 through a stormy night."

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot.  Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm.  To his amazament, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpailins.  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 understoon what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

 

When you're prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, 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 against the storm.  We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God.  We don't need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms.

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