Our last Farm day was almost three weeks ago. It was a great time! The pictures below are from the August 10th Farm Day. Trinity Lutheran helped us host the day and Outpost Church as well as the Arthur Lesow Community Center were our guests on the Farm. We preached the salvation message, had a great meal, enjoyed the animals, played games, and enjoyed fellowship with one another.
Since Farm day, the truth of God’s word has become even more evident. In the days after Farm Day, I found myself in the hospital with very sudden weakness. After a number of tests (and days), I was diagnosed with viral meningitis. For those that don’t know what that is, it means that I had an infection in my brain and spinal fluid. The effects can be serious and life threatening. While I had a mild case, the illness caused significant and lingering weakness. I am home now resting. The doctors expect me to fully recover, however, the process could take upwards of two or more months. In this time of my weakness, I have been reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. In my weakness, God’s power is made perfect.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)- 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Because of my illness, I have been able to watch as God has moved in the Farm, in our Church, in our volunteers, and in our neighbors. Case in point is our hay situation. God worked through our neighbors to bring in our hay. God added to the hay in the fields to ensure that there will be enough for the winter ahead. On the one day in the year that I needed to be physically able, I could barely walk. So, on that day, God sent 28 people to the Farm. They threw hay, mucked stalls, and generally encouraged us in my illness. Because I was weak, God was able show His love for us in this way.
All we can say is that God is good. Amen.