Healing The Land

Nice day in the countryside around here, not too windy and around eighty. More of the garden is planted this evening with some crops that aren’t late so we’re catching up fast! Got things to do around here the next week or so then half the family is heading to Central America and I ain’t talking Missouri either! Of course this old farmer stays behind this year to keep tending things around the farm. I figure if it rains this year I’ll go next year, typical way of thinking for a farmer. My biggest job with this trip is driving down to the Twin Cities and saying adios.

The funny thing is, while working around here today, I was thinking! I wonder how many times I write that “I was thinking” thing? But I was. And I was thinking about how part of this family is going down there and will be spreading the Gospel and depending on how things go, setting up a kinda ministry down there. Pretty good huh, going international already! But such is the way of God, you just never know what’s going to fall in your lap, so to speak.

When I’ve been down in Central America those folks and me just get along fine. And they really like it that I’m a farmer cause then they know they got someone interesting! I can look at the soil, look at the crops, look at the animals and basically I know what’s going on and understand everything without any problem. There’s that universal farm language that knows no barriers. And as I wrote, this got me thinking! And this will be covered much more later!

Back to the farmlands of Central Minnesota now. The hay is growing but needs a drink. Who knows, maybe one of these days. I just ordered three books from the computer, all by Angus Buchan of South Africa. (I was trying to get closer to home now but again shot half way around the world). Angus is the guy that the movie Faith Like Potatoes portrays. Now a fella like me kinda connects with some farmer/preacher even if he’s from way down South Africa way. I might not get to that side of the Atlantic but I can see what a brother in Christ is up to, spreading the gospel through the southern hemisphere and up over in the British Isles. Farmers on the land are the same the world over. Same problems basically. Some might have more political problems than we do now in America but I feel our easy days are swiftly coming to an end in that department.

Anything we do, anything we try and change without the hearts of the people being changed first is short termed at best and basically useless. This raises allot of eyebrows in Christian circles in America, but I believe this more than almost anything. Nothing will change for the good without the hearts of the people being changed first. God will not bless good legislation if the people aren’t behind the reason for it. This happened in the Old Testament too. I believe it was King Josiah, this is just off the cuff so I could be wrong. That good young king that destroyed all the pagan temples and places of worship in old Judea. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord but the people’s hearts weren’t changed and after he died that ancient country was destroyed by Babylon.Β  The hearts must be changed.

The standby verse for this thought is usually 2 Chronicles 7;14

If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land. (N.I.V.)

Says allot in my book! The land needs healing. The families, the forgotten and there’s allot of them. As mad materialism keeps up its rampage to destroy the hearts of man the only answer is the saving grace of Christ. The only answer. And how does it spread, how does it get heard? By those that are saved taking it to the unsaved. This is the mission of every blood bought believer, no exceptions and believe me, a feller can sure come across a wide variety of excuses.
For a few years this has been knocking at my heart, the healing the land thing. I even had a blog named Healing Waters Flow, not really knowing why I did. I played around with a ministry name called Healing Waters Ministry, again not really knowing why, but it was just there. This verse that I’ve known for years answers allot of my questions concerning this. As this becomes a farm journal, a journal of rural life and ministry things will come out about what we are doing. Both here and now abroad. Amazing how so much can be done with so little if a person’s heart is for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Healing, healing the body, mind and spirit. Healing the land. That is one of the things the Gospel is all about. In fact that’s it in a nutshell. Covers about everything in my eyes. God is waiting, wanting to pour out His blessings on a fallen humanity. Now is the time to get started on this!

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  1. hope they have a safe trip, even if it aint Missouri. πŸ˜•

  2. They will be six miles above Missouri for a while πŸ™‚ Then to Houston, then to Honduras.

    Then Tom goes into cooking for himself mode for a while πŸ™‚

    God Bless!

  3. it was nice knowing ya then! πŸ˜•

  4. Same here…………… πŸ™‚

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