I know what you’re thinking.
You’re thinking rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey, whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky, and so on. To a certain extent you and Luke Bryan would be correct, but that is not what I am referring to here. As of two weeks ago much of the south was in a pretty significant drought. As duck hunters, we were excited and nervous all at the same time. We were excited because we know that in drought years, if you have water, you have ducks. The only way to get water in those years is if you have a pump and it just so happens we do. We were nervous for several reasons. First we knew there wouldn’t be much water so our area wasn’t going to hold near as many ducks as it normally does so while the shoots are generally awesome most of the time they are short lived. Also we had no idea how much money it was going to cost us to pump everything. We toyed with the idea of setting up a hamster wheel for Godwin but realized ham sandwiches would cost more than a gallon of diesel so we decided to just use the regulation motor. Seriously though there were cracks in the ground that were 4 inches wide and 20 inches deep. It would have taken a week just to saturate the ground.
Just when we were getting ready to fire up the pumps, God intervened and sent tropical storm Patricia our way. Now I know it is hard to consider a storm that caused such destruction in Mexico a blessing here but indeed it was. Now with that being said our thoughts and prayers still go out to all of those affected from the storm. The good Lord knew that the area was hit hard with drought and He also knew migrating ducks were going to need a place to go for the winter so He provided water for all. As soon as I saw the forecast Matthew 6:25-34 came to mind. It is Jesus teaching us not to worry. It even goes so far as to say “Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in bard, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Jesus is making the point that the birds migrate south out of necessity because they know they will be taken care of. Food for the winter will be provided for them and they never question why. Aren’t we as humans much more valuable to God than the birds? We were made in His image. We are His children. He longs to take care and provide for us if we will just let Him. The chapter ends by saying “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So I urge you as a child of God control what you can control and let God have the rest! The animals do it every year and they seem to be doing just fine!