The farmer in the dell
The farmer in the dell
Heigh-ho, the derry-o
The farmer in the dell.

You would have better luck finding a needle in a haystack than seeing a proud farmer in a dell. Consider the farmer’s trade, and you will see why. The farmer must till the soil, purchase and plant seed, irrigate and fertilize the fields . . . and wait. He cannot make the seedling split its shell and extend its roots into the black earth. He cannot cause the seedling to pierce through the earth and grow. He has no power over the sun’s heat and light which facilitates the crops’ growth. When the crop matures and is ready for harvest, the farmer can only lift his eyes toward Heaven and give thanks, for he knows he is indebted to the Lord of the Harvest.

The farmer knows he is nothing apart from God. Neither are we. God has given us strong mental, physical, and motor skills with which we can initiate, plan, prepare, design, and execute projects. Once we have experienced success or reached certain plateaus, it is tempting to think we have personally manufactured our achievements. The reality is we are indebted to God for our prosperity. Without Him we can do, have, and become nothing.

Like the farmer, you may have plowed your field and seen God provide a bountiful harvest — a husband, wife, new baby, new house, new car, a new job, a promotion, growth in your church, or many salvations during an evangelistic event. As you enjoy God’s bountiful benefits, remember to lift your eyes toward Heaven and give thanks. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him. As long as you have green acres of gratitude, you will continue to prosper.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.