Sleep When The Wind Blows: A Story About Being Prepared!
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired
hands, however, most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded
the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.
As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally,
a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. ‘Are you a good farm hand?’ the
farmer asked him.
‘Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,’ answered the little man. Although puzzled by this
answer, the farmer, desperate for help decided to hired him.
The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt well
satisfied with the his work. Then one night the wind howled in loudly from offshore. Jumping
out of bed, the farmer 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 firmly, ‘No sir, told you, I can sleep when the wind
blows.’
Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried
outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had
been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coop and the
doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could
blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to
also sleep while the wind blew.
… When you’re prepared spiritually, mentally and physically, you have nothing to fear.
Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?

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