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Unless You're A Dairy Farmer
by Kay Ramos
02/11/08
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Unless You’re A Dairy Farmer…

172 million pounds, Darby thought to himself quietly. No wonder he made a significant amount less money in 2007 than he did in 2006. He sipped his coffee and pored over the charts and graphs a while longer. Darby figured the demand must be so low now due to the state of the economy, and the 2008 forecast would surely be doomed as well.

Darby was never one to reflect much on money and finances, but then again, he never really had to worry about it. His family was always well-off, and besides, he was raised not to value money so highly. His evangelical father would always remind him that money is the root of all evil. First Timothy 6:10 arose in Darby’s thoughts and the words replayed like a somber song in his mind.

His wife pleaded with him as she walked into the kitchen and saw Darby who was fixated on the annual review he had received earlier. He kept comparing the review to his bank statements which were out on the breakfast table as well. She couldn’t take watching him depress himself more and more.

“Please, Darby, put that paperwork down and move on.” She begged him earnestly. “There’s no use crying over spilt milk.”

“Unless you’re a dairy farmer…” he added dryly.

How could he keep from mulling over the statistics? How could he quit contemplating the amounts of money he’d lost and how grim his future milk sales would be if business didn’t change? He needed peace and comfort, so Darby decided to get down and pray.

“Dear Lord, You’ve watched me and kept me all these years. You have been there all along, through every trial, every test, every storm, and You’re here now. Father God, You know that milk production has been less and sales have been slow, not just for me, but for many other farmers as well. Dear Jesus, my family has lost so much money that our finances are troubled, but, Jesus, I have faith that You can turn my situation around. Dear Lord, please help us. Make the business flourish this year. Give us hope and help us to get out of debt. Comfort us, oh Lord, and pour out Your peace and Your grace over us. In Jesus’ name… Amen.”

Darby got up with a newfound sense of joy. He could feel the Lord’s presence in his midst. He was hopeful and faithful that he would prosper in the impending year. He went to tell his wife about how he prayed and the relief he felt afterward.

“Don’t worry honey.” He spoke soothingly to his wife when he found her. “God is answering our prayers and taking care of us all the time. I have faith that this year will be much better and I won’t be ‘crying’ over spilt milk anymore, or a lack thereof.”

• 1st Timothy 6:10 alluded to from the Holy Bible (KJV).


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