Before I start, I would like to explain the title. This is hopefully the first, of many, blogs on the different ways God uses to show me what it is like from His perspective. So if God uses a instance, in my life here on the farm, to show me how He sees things, I will share that story with you all. Without further ado, the first “Lesson on the Farm.”

My mother was locking up the guineas (they are very similar to chickens) one night. Somehow, one of the guineas fell into the cattle guard (only about two to three feet deep). After calling for my help, my brother and I came out so see how to get it out. We tried to use sticks to guide it to an edge where the guinea could crawl out, without success. Therefore, my brother reached in and caught the guinea and handed it to me, who had my hands reaching in from a different spot. After my brother and I handed it to the other brother a couple of times, we got the guinea to fit through the cattle guard. I am sure that guinea is thinking that we were going to eat it or something. Nevertheless, we got the guinea after a couple of minutes of work.

So what?

Think of the guinea as mankind, I know that thinking ourselves as a chicken is not appealing; while thinking jesus hands-2of us, my brother, mom and I, as god, not in the literal sense. Ok, so first the guinea falls into a “trap”, the cattle guard. That is what sin is for us, a trap that we cannot get out of on our own. We can only get out of it with God’s help; I am getting ahead of myself here. So God then sends us graces to help us get out of the mess we are in. He puts things in our lives, like sticks (well not literally), to encourage us to go the right way. If we resist, God will sometimes give us more grace. Because of His love for us, he will reach out His hand and pick us up, and take us out of the sinful trap we are in.

If life, many things happen that we do not understand. This ranges from death all the way to minute details of life. We are just like that guinea, we think God is making our lives terrible. But, when one looks at the bigger picture, we see that God was trying to help us get out of our trap, that we may not even know we are in. Next time you think “God why me?” remember the guinea story and trust in God.

Written by Nick John

I live on a cattle ranch in south-central Missouri, where I manage up to about 180 stocker cattle. I am homeschooled along with my five siblings. When I don’t have anything to do, which is not much, I play with my siblings, target shoot, and read, serve, rave in my thoughts about how the world is, and fill up Corey’s email with ideas. I hope and pray that my work in Fire of the Spirit will bring just one soul a tiny bit closer to God. May God richly bless you in this life and the next. Ora Pro me.

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