"Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain?
Or can the heavens give showers?
Are You not He, O Lord our God?
Therefore we will wait for You,
Since You have made all these." Jeremiah 14:22
I was reading this morning about the massive drought covering our country right now. I didn't realize it extended all the way into Canada, but it does, and there are drought conditions too. Farmers across the country are declaring their crops losses,or at least a loss of 50 percent. That's huge. And of course that leads to speculation that prices on everything food-wise is going to increase. Corn is a huge crop experiencing losses, and many animals eat corn, not to mention that people also eat a lot of corn in a myriad of ways. The thought of another hike in grocery prices has my head spinning. And yet, we have a God who knows everything, who gives wisdom when it needs to be given.
"And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wiseAnd knowledge to those who have understanding." Daniel 2:21
All across the country, farmers over planted this year. On average, they planted much more than they usually do. In fact, so many have over planted that the expected results, despite the drought are that farmers in the United States will experience their third largest harvest ever recorded.
Think about that. A significant portion of the farmland in our country is under drought conditions and we will still experience a magnificent harvest because of over planting.
Did God know what He was doing, or what? He caused these farmers to over plant for just such an occasion. Absolutely amazing.
Now, that doesn't mean I still won't continue praying for rain. While we, as a nation, don't need to worry about food shortages of any kind, the drought will affect individual people and families. Even people such as myself, who rely on their vegetable garden to provide sustenance for their family. Watering with the hose is keeping everything alive, but the garden really needs the rich benefits which can only come from the rain. Daily I walk out to the garden and survey what is going on. While most things are hanging on, I'm watching with sadness as the multitude of bean and cucumber plants really don't seem to be thriving. We've picked a few handfuls of beans, and I've been waiting for the buckets of beans to come in... and I just don't think they're going to make it.
So I will absolutely still be praying rain. Our immediate area is supposed to get a good soaking this evening, I am praying that it would be so. But in the meantime, I am marveling at the goodness and mercy of our Father God who would plant the thought in the farming community to over plant this spring. God knew there was going to be widespread drought, and he provided a way through before anyone even mentioned the word drought.
Incredible.What an Amazing God we serve.