When A Dream Comes Together (3 of 17) by Chuck McAlister

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Dr. Chuck McAlister
(Nehemiah 2:1-9)


Years ago, a Cornish farmer owned a farm along the Atlantic seaboard. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the inclement weather. Storms would rage across the Atlantic, reaping havoc upon the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.
Finally, a small-statured man approached the farmer. He appeared to be well past middle age, nearly on his last legs. The farmer asked him, "Are you a good farm hand?" In his Cornish accent, the little man quipped, "I can sleep when the wind blows." The farmer had no idea what the fellow meant. But, desperate for help, the farmer hired the little man.
The man seemed to work well around the farm. He was busy from dawn to dusk. The farmer was satisfied with the man's work. Then one night, the farmer heard the wind howling off the ocean. He jumped out of bed, grabbed a lantern, and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up, a storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!" The little man rolled over in bed and said, "No, sir, I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows."
The farmer became enraged. He was tempted to fire the man. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. As the farmer inspected his property, he began to understand what his hired hand meant. So he returned to bed to enjoy his sleep as the wind blew.

(A) Because this farm hand planned ahead ... and ...

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