“To everything there is a season….” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1a~
Yesterday, my family and I said goodbye to our 3 generations of sheep, as they moved to a loving new home near by!!! The weather could not have been any better, with the sun shinning, a cool breeze blowing from the east, while feeding and watering my wooly friends one last time in the morning/afternoon and just soaking it all in, remembering all the joys and heartaches of raising these wooly darlings.
In looking back, HERE is the first post I wrote about when they first arrived on our homestead almost….exactly 3 years ago!
(Java the ram at almost 2 months old. He’s one of my bottle fed lambs this season. Love how my sweet mama looks in this photo in the background! Hehe)
It certainly was a bittersweet time to be sure, but a very timely break from raising sheep for a season as things begin to pick up pace elsewhere on the homestead, as I begin to focus on garden planning and buying the year’s seeds for the spring/summer and fall garden for 2017! *squeals*
(The garden area before tilling and weeding)
Anyone who knows me well, would know how much I greatly look forward these months where I can get my hands dirty in the soil and use the green thumb God gave me to do what I love best….gardening veggies, herbs, and flowers! 🙂
As some of you know, I had to make the HARDEST decision last year and forgo gardening completely due to dealing with a major health issue that came up suddenly (Lyme Disease), leaving me exhausted and unable to be outside in the heat for very long at all, and was just in no shape to handle very much, but just survive, and take each day as it came, being thankful for the time the Lord was giving me in just slowing down, taking back control of my health first before getting back into the things I enjoy….like gardening.
Sometimes God gives us seasons of illness and pain to remind us how precious life is, and to just stop. be still. wait on the Lord for healing, and just be thankful for the little things in life we can so easily take for granted when everything is going well and we get distracted from what is important in life. Such as glorifying the Lord in EVERY situation He brings us, because it is ALWAYS for our ultimate good, and His glory….yes, even in the hurt, and the days we wake up feeling like our world is falling apart, or too much to bear.
God sees, and is working it all for a beautiful purpose, no matter how messy it is….it is a beautiful mess in His eyes, and that is more than enough. That has brought me so much comfort through the hard times, and even kept my perspective in the right place during the good days recently.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.”
~Psalms 89:1-2, 8-9~
I am so very thankful that the Lord has greatly used my time of sickness to humble me, and give me eyes to see more of His glorious truths in His Word, and apply it in how I live for Him every day. I also thank Him for his healing hand in taking away the Lyme (yes, as of right now it is completely GONE!!!), and a lot of the emotional hardships connected to it also, and starting a fresh new season with joy and hope for the future God has in store.
Haha, wow, well how did I end up preaching all of that just from gardening and talking about my wooly friends!? Sometimes the Lord just places things on my heart to share, and I know this was one of those times…..
The Lord will lift your burdens in His good time, all we can do is pray and rest in His sovereign promises as we go through those hard times and He brings us through the valley, to a season of unexpected blessings, and peace for what lies ahead!
Saying goodbye can be hard and yes even scary and unfamiliar, but changes are always a good thing, and who knows! We may just have sheep again someday in the future again, but for now I am going to enjoy this break, and to venture into other exciting things on the farm, and praise the Lord for every moment He blesses me with on the homestead, serving Him where He has placed me in this little piece of country heaven.