Apparently, we have just experienced our driest start to the year for 131 years. As the season broke and it started raining a fortnight ago, with only a few rungs of water left in the rainwater tank, I realised how much we rely on the rain and more importantly how much we need to trust God to supply our needs.
A friend of mine from school is a farmer in the Murray Mallee and he recently posted on Facebook what he had been thinking as they were driving, dry sowing their crop.
”if only we could get just 10mm of rain…is that too much to ask?
Maybe it is. Let’s do the maths:
1mm rainfall = 1 litre over 1m2
I hectare = 10,000m2
1mm rain/ha = 10,000 litres = 10 tonne water/ha
1mm rain on 10,000ha of cropping area = 100,000 tonne of water
Therefore, if we are ‘only’ asking for 10mm of rain across our cropping area, that equates to 1 million tonnes of water. And hopefully another million tonnes next week, and another million tonnes the week after.
I’m almost feeling greedy now even thinking about it.”
As we look closer at the detail, we really get a greater sense of how awesome God is and how much He loves and cares for our every need no matter how big the task.
In Mark 6:8-9, Jesus told His twelve disciples when He sent them out on their first mission to preach and heal to “Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt”.
Just as the disciples trusted in Jesus for their every need and our farmers who are dry seeding trust in Jesus for rain, as we serve in our learning communities, take the time to look at the many blessings God continues to deliver and have the faith to know that He will give us what we need to carry out our service.
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