I was doing my Bible study the other night, and was reading about Noah. In the study section, the point was made that Noah built the ark, while God took care of the details – such as design, materials and getting the animals to the ark. This thought resonated with me, to the point of pondering it longer than I expected. In fact, it has stuck with me for days now. It seems a simple point, but I think the most difficult part of it is actually putting it into action.
I cannot tell you how many times we try and start something new, just to get bogged down in the ‘what if’s’. What if this doesn’t succeed? What if we aren’t capable of pulling it off? What if….. I am amazed that anything gets done around here from constantly questioning ourselves.
The thought behind it is that Noah built the ark, knowing that he had the control to do it. It may have taken him 120 years to complete it, but that didn’t matter. Each day he did as much as he could, and left the rest until the next day. He didn’t whine about it. He didn’t worry about it. He just knew he had a job to do, and worked diligently until it was completed. (I still think Noah wishes he had some of the tools we did today, but at that point, designing new tools wasn’t the job he was given, so he just moved forward).
What Noah couldn’t control – designing the ark and rounding up the exact number of animals that had bought tickets – he wasn’t worried about. He just left all of that up to God, Who has all the control. If Noah even thought about it, he probably figured that it would take weeks or months just trying to find that exact species of critter that was on the list. In thinking about it, I think I would have dropped my jaw if I all of a sudden started seeing animals approach my farm. Just think. Seven pairs of each clean animal, and one pair of all unclean animals. Scientists roughly figure that the ark could hold 45,000 animals, not counting eight people and enough food to feed everything for approximately 365 days. And Noah didn’t even complain when two mosquitoes and two snakes boarded that boat.
We are in the process of trying to get our Greenhouse Project off the ground. We already knew that this, being the first year, would be a little tougher, but we also knew we had to start somewhere. What we didn’t figure on was losing over half the seedlings to freezing weather, delays in getting the sign made, and another bout of weather that has kept throwing delays our way. As it is, we are three weeks past the unspoken planting date of Good Friday, and we are just now getting the sign painted. I can’t tell you how disappointed and frustrated I have been over all of this. If I had the energy, I would probably be pitching the hissy fit to end all hissy fits.
What I have forgotten is that Mother Nature is not on my list of things I can control. There are also some commitments that are not on my list, and if a job comes up that Randy has to leave to do, well, I do prefer to pay our bills and eat, so I have no choice but to defer to an income producing delay. My abilities are naturally limited, and regardless of how hard I try, I cannot be Super Woman.
So. This past week, I have tried to apply this to each and every day. And it’s a funny thing. I’m finding that, as I do what I can, I am actually enjoying the job at hand more. My stress level has decreased considerably, and I feel like I can take my time and do a better job, instead of hurrying though it to get to the next thing on the list before it pours down rain again. It’s still a little frustrating that I don’t have all my garden planted, but so what if I don’t finish until next week? I only have two rows left to plant, and the plants remaining in the greenhouse are still gaining altitude. I’m not going to harvest a tomato for a while any way. That will give me time to do a few other projects that need to be done. I’m not worrying as much, the disappointments and frustrations are all but gone, and I am loving being a Farm Wife again.
Do you spend a lot of time worrying over a project? Next time you do, sit down and figure out what it will take to get the project done. Don’t fret over the ‘what if’s’. Rationally think about what is frustrating you, and determine whether or not it is in your control. If it’s not, let it go. If it is, then get after it. I think you’ll find that most projects change from being a burden to a joy. Now – if I can just figure out how to get someone else to ‘control’ the shovel when it’s time to clean out the chicken coop, I’ll be a much happier Farm Wife.
Just call me Noah…….