It's Not Fair!!!

dead trees

Last night, I was awakened by thunder..  I was glad to hear that sound.  Our part of the country - like many others - is sorely in need of rain. 

One of the perks of living in NW Indiana is that we live very close to large blueberry farms.  Fresh blueberries every year!  We tend to get 90-100 pounds to last the nine of us through the year.  We've gotten spoiled.  

When we called to see if the farms were open, farm after farm told us that their crops failed due to weather.  We called further and further away from our home.

No blueberries.

Now, I realize that isn't a huge deal.  Not having fresh blueberries around isn't the end of the world.

But when I heard the thunder, I was grateful!  Rain at last.

When I awakened I commented to my husband about the storm.

"Oh, it stormed all right.  Lots of noise - but no rain."

I must have looked a bit stunned.  I don't really remember that kind of thunder with no rain.

"I saw pictures of corn standing dead in the field, too."

There is a saying, "There's more than corn in Indiana."  Outside of our tiny industrial corner of the state, farming is what Indiana is all about.  

The corn is dying.

My mind started straying in all different directions.

What if this is wide spread?

How will it affect our food supply?

What will happen to prices?

Will food be scarce?

I started thinking of the Oklahoma Dust bowl.

I then thought of one of my favorite Scriptures.  I've written about it before.  I guess I'm writing about it again.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,  yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18

It's hard for my generation to imagine hard times like these.  Our country has been blessed with bounty.  

I suddenly realize that could change as quickly as I went from fairly healthy to disabled by a car accident and a stroke.

We just never know.

We never know what life will bring.

Illness.  Challenges.  Droughts.  Wildfires.

How grateful I am for this verse!

This has been paraphrased for me and is inscribed in my now falling apart Bible.

"When you can't praise me for what I allow, praise me for who I am."

My youngest believes life should be "fair."  The first words out of her mouth, when a situation develops where she is unhappy is, "That's not fair!"

And I tell her the same thing I tell myself.

"No - It's not fair.  No one ever said it would be.  Life is ... life.  We won't see 'fair' in this lifetime."

And you know what I am going to add the next time she comes crying to me that life isn't fair?

We won't see "fair" in the lifetime - but we can still see God.

Father God, Thank you that you are always with us in this world fractured by sin, that you love us, and have plans for us that we will one day be able to understand.  Amen and amen.

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