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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Preparing for Rain: Choosing to be Expectant

A number of years ago, I watched the film 'Facing the Giants.'  It was the second project by Sherwood Pictures, which is a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church.  Filmed on a budget of only $100,000, it grossed well over $10,000,000 worldwide.  It was resoundingly embraced by the Christian community, but not-so-much by mainstream media.  It was, after all, full of amateur actors and volunteers and had a solid faith based theme. 

But, you know what?  I LOVED it.  I thought it was pretty good as just a general film. . .it had an interesting story line or two, a bit of suspense and decent acting considering everyone was new to the craft. . .but it was VERY powerful from a message standpoint.  If you haven't already, you should check it out (you can get it HERE from Amazon).  It's safe for the whole family, though little guys would probably not 'get' most of the dialogue or be able to understand the storyline.

So why the plug for the film and all the movie info?  Because it's the end of the year and I have been thinking about what my goals are for 2014.  2013 was a little, um, challenging for our family so I want a theme for the coming year that we can all really embrace. . .and 'Facing the Giants' provided just the ticket!

Though the movie is rich with all sorts of great life and faith lessons, there is one that just really hit home for me:  Preparing for Rain.

In the film, the main character, Coach Taylor, is struggling, both personally and professionally:

Coach Taylor: “I admit to you I have been struggling. But I’ve also been praying. I just don’t see Him at work here.”

Mr. Bridges: “Grant, I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain. But only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?”

Coach Taylor: “Well, the one that prepared his fields for it.”

Mr. Bridges: “Which one are you? God will send the rain when He’s ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it.”

"Prepare your field to receive the rain."  Hmmm.

That reminds me of a favorite passage in Little Town on the Prairie (by Laura Ingalls Wilder).  When Laura is fretting about whether her study will result in getting a teaching certificate, her Ma says: "You may be well prepared to teach school and not be a schoolteacher, but if you are not prepared, it is certain that you won't be."

True, that.

So, between Ma's wise words and the deep impact of  Facing the Giants' theme, I think I am ready to head into 2014.

  • This year is the year of Choosing to be Expectant.
  • This is the year that I am leaving the rain up to Him and going to focus on preparing my fields to receive it instead.
  • THIS is the year I will begin to let go of flapping over details and results and what's happening in two months time and just work on getting ready for the daily challenges, blessings, projects and adventures of 2014!

I'm hopping on my tractor as we speak and heading out to plow some fresh ground.

Who's ready to join me in Preparing for Rain?

(The photos in this post were provided by publicdomainpictures.net.  The top picture can be found here and the bottom picture can be found here)

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