Perhaps many of you have heard of the parable preparing for rain. “There were two farmers who desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain. But only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain; the answer the one who prepared his fields for it?”
Philemon 22, “And one thing more: prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.” Paul wrote this letter to Philemon while in prison in Rome. Paul was trusting God to provide. No one knew if Paul would ever be released. In faith and trust Paul was preparing for the day of his release, a.k.a. he prepared for rain.
I love the story of the 2 farmers. This story reminds us faith is an action word. Waiting is a verb. In other words, trusting God doesn’t mean I sit around and “wait” for something to happen. It means I get busy about the task at hand and prepare my field, whatever that may be, for God to deliver.
My question for you today, “Where or what, in your life are you needing to do to begin to prepare your “field” for rain?”
By the way, the story about 2 farmers is not a parable (a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the gospels). It’s simply a story. You will not find it in the Bible. It comes from a scene in the movie, “Facing the Giants.”
Here is the conversation/story line in context from the movie:
Mr. Bridges shares the story: “There were two farmers who desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain. But only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it.
Mr. Bridges: Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?
Coach Taylor: the one who prepared his fields for it?”
Mr. Bridges: Which one are you? God will send the rain when He is ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it.
If you have not seen the movie I highly recommend it. I have included a link for a YouTube clip below.
Until next time,