The dust storm brought rain, blessed rain. Except we have four pivots of hay down and two pivots full of baled hay. Not the ideal situation but somehow it feels okay. We don't work on Sundays. We could have easily hauled the baled hay and maybe even raked and baled the other pivots before the storm blew through.
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
"Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
"But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20: 8-11)
It may seem old-fashioned to believe in the fourth commandment but we feel the Lord will bless us for following it.
As we watched the storm draw closer I thought about other storms that we face in life. Some come from our own mistakes, some come because of the mistakes of others, and some come just because. I hope my children see that holding fast to the Lord, following the commandments, and facing trials with faith will do a great deal in helping them through. The Lord will bless them. He makes up for what we lack.