~ Harry S. Truman, 33rd American President (1884-1972)
My husband’s father was a wonderful man who farmed for many years. He said he thought he could solve the problems of the world if he had enough time on a tractor. He was wise and dispensed advice with humor and sincerity.
Driving a tractor is a solitary and repetitive task. The white noise of the engine and the slow and methodical travel the length of the row after row after row, relax the mind, opening it to reflection and inspiration. The complexities of decisions can be weighed and sorted.
Not everyone has a tractor and a field that needs to be prepared to receive the coming rain, but everyone has a soul and spirit that require attention and preparation.
When we consider what the new year may bring, we may expect that babies will be born, friends will be made, careers will be challenged, and sadness may come. How we respond to those events will depend on how prepared we are to receive them: spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. A well-rested mind and spirit will give us the strength to receive all the blessings and endure any difficulty that comes our way.
Mindfulness and prayer are the fuel for our task. Like a good crop, a good year will depend on preparation, on clearing our mind of the leftover worry, fear, and prejudice to plan for a year of blessing. Three thousand years ago the prophet Hosea must have known a farmer or two because he said, “break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”
As we plan for a new year, we need to search God’s word for wisdom and truth. We must be prayerful, taking our concerns to Him and being patient for guidance, trusting that He will go with us through the days to follow.
If you know a farmer, appreciate him for his faithful and steadfast work, and know that he and God are working together.