“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” -Romans 1:20
The best thing about living and working on a farm is getting to experience all of God’s beautiful creation everyday! The older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty in His creation. Like big puffy white clouds in a perfectly blue sky.
Momma cows bawling for their young babies to come to their side. Putting millions of little tiny kernels of corn 1/2” under the soil and watching the blades push through the fresh, soft dirt just six days later. It’s all so amazing to me and I’m so thankful I get to witness it all! I LOVE farm life.
But what really confuses me is how a person could not believe there is a God who so carefully set this earth on it’s axis to orbit the sun and meticulously created every little atom in the universe and designed this earth to work in such harmony with processes like photosynthesis, precipitation, and pollination. How does someone look at all the valleys and hills, sunsets and oceans, oranges and peaches and think it all happened with just a “big bang”? How could it??
I’m especially confused when someone in agriculture or fellow farmer tells me they don’t believe that “Jesus stuff”. I’m like, “How can you not?” We get to witness it all first hand and live it everyday! We get to see the miracle of birth happen all the time on the farm. Watch all the crops grow from the sun, soil and rain. And then I think “How do these people survive?” How do you survive in everyday life without hope in a Savior, let alone survive the stress of farming? Because being a farmer is super stressful. Tell you something new, I know right. When I get super stressed or downright depressed and feel like I have no one to turn to, I’ve always got my God. He’s been my best friend, my rock, my healer sooo many times I don’t even know. When storms roll in a wipe out entire crops where do you turn? When market prices bottom out and you can’t make your payments, where’s your hope? When you’re just having a downright bad day, a beer isn’t going to solve your problems. It might delay them but it gives no solution, no hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.” -Jeremiah 29:11-14
I know that no matter how bad of a day I’m having, no matter how many crops get taken out by hail or floods, no matter if I don’t break even this year, no matter how many cows miscarry, I know I’m still on the winning team. I’m on God’s team and God’s love and protection is never ending, never failing. And I’ll admit, I am not a positive person. I like to call myself a realist but really I struggle with having a negative attitude. Every morning on my way to feed is usually when I get most of my prayer time in. My most frequent prayer is “Keep me willing, Lord and not weak. Willing not weak. Willing not weak.”(“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” -Matthew 26:41) I have to remind myself of this throughout the day because like I said I can develop a bad attitude really quick.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” -Romans 8:35, 37
I hope this has been an encouragement. If you’ve never gotten down to the nitty-gritty with God, He’s waiting. He cares about all your problems and will never roll his eyes or cut you off mid sentence. He wants to comfort you and give you victory. Being a Christian isn’t about following a bunch of rules. It’s having a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, our Creator. You don’t know how many times I’ve sat in my truck, bawled my eyes out and talked to God just like we were friends on the phone. At times I’ve felt like He was the only friend I had left. And He might have been at the time, but guess what. He was always there for me, always has been, and always will be. And I could never be more grateful.
About our guest blogger, Kat Osborn:
My name is Kat, I’m from western Kentucky where I raise beef cattle and tobacco with my dad. I went to college and got an associates degree in agriculture technology but came back to the farm to partner with my dad. We have separate cow/calf herds that we run together on my dad’s property and I manage them all. I absolutely love taking care of the cattle and driving across pastures in the summer evenings checking on all the pairs. We also raise about 12acres of dark air-cured tobacco together. We have separate contracts with tobacco companies but my dad and I work together in it all and spilt the bills. If you know anything about tobacco it’s a lot of hard work. Basically everything is manual labor. No combines for harvest just lots of elbow grease. My family has always raised cattle and tobacco so I have no idea what “generation” farmer I am.
When I’m not workin in tobacco or cows I work for my dad in all his many other farming operations. He has broiler chicken houses and row crops and I work for him in all those areas as well. Chickens require a lot of work and attention. Planting and harvest season you can find me in a tractor working ground or in a combine knocking out corn. I love the row crop side of the farm but golly it’s stressful. I could never be a row crop farmer. It just blows my mind how someone could not have faith in God and still be a farmer.
In 2015 I married my husband. He works a public job in ag retail as an applicator. We don’t currently have children just a big spoiled German Shepherd.
In my “spare time” I love to hunt. Mostly turkeys and deer. Fishing when I get the chance. I take out coyotes when I get them in my sights because they’re a serious threat to our cattle. I raise and sell strawberries and sweet corn in the summer. My mom and I share a big garden from which we can green beans and tomato juice. And I’ve currently added laying hens to my hobby list.
If you follow my Instagram account you will quickly realize my love for farming, my country, my God, and hunting.
Jesus is my hope and my rock and without Him I would be nothing and without farming I would be pretty bored!