Ringgold News

By SIBYL GORDY,

So, God made a farmer

This past week a statement was found in one of Mike Bloomberg’s speeches that has provoked many hard working farmers in our nation. “Anybody can be a farmer, even people in this room, no offense intended. It’s a process, you dig a hole, you put a seed in, you drop some dirt on top, add water and up comes the corn. Tech work requires   more gray matter. You have to learn how to think and analyze, that’s a whole degree level of difference.”

Paul Harvey gave a speech at the Super Bowl in 1978 that gives credit, where credit is due, to the hard working farmer. “So, God Made A Farmer” And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said “I need a caregiver, so God made a farmer.  God said I need someone willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town, stay past midnight, at a meeting of the school board, so, God made a farmer.  I need somebody strong enough to rustle a calf yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait for lunch till his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies and be sure to tell them to come back real soon and mean it.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say “maybe next year.”  I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out of haywire and shoe scraps and who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40 hour week by noon Tuesday, then pain’s from ‘Tractor Back’ put in another 72 hours. So, God made a farmer.”

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in before rain clouds and yet stop, in midfield, to race to help when he sees first smoke from a neighbor’s place, so God made a farmer.  God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend to the pink combed pullets, who will stop his mower, for an hour or so, to splint the broken leg of a Meadow Lark.  It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners.  Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake, plow, plant, and tie the fleece. Strain the milk, replenish the self-feeder and finish a weeks’ work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with soft bonds of sharing. Who would laugh and then sigh, then reply with smiling in his eyes, when his son says “he wants to spend his life doing what his dad does.”  So, God made a farmer.”

In answer to Bloomberg’s comment  about a farmer, several things have been written and this is one. 

So, God made a Bloomberg, 

On the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a timeless technocrat to tell everyone else how to live their lives, So God made a Bloomberg. I need somebody strong enough to carry a stool and a booster seat wherever he goes, but gentle enough to sign the voter registration paper as a Democrat, then a Republican, and then an Independent, and then a Democrat again.  God said, I need somebody with no charm, no charisma and no compelling reason to serve in government to noneless buy off the city council to eliminate the two term limit on mayoral services. And then, I need him to spend nine figures buying his way into the Democrat primary, because there would be nothing more hilarious than watching a broken down old socialist get robbed again, by yet another New York crony, who is a life size poster child for everything that’s wrong with modern capitalism. So, God made a Bloomberg.”

Charlie Daniels said, “Hey Bloomberg, you know as much about farming as a hog knows about an airplane.  Better stay in New York City where corn comes in a can!”

My grandfather used to say, “Once in your lifetime you will need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but everyday — three times a day — you need a farmer.” (Brenda Schoepp)

Remember, whenever you’re in a position to help someone, be glad and always do it because it’s God answering someone else’s prayers through you!

To parents of young children. You cannot raise your children the way your parents raised you, because your parents raised you in a world that no longer exists!

Prayer needs; Peggy Williams, Anna Edwards, Tanya Harrison and Doris Cupit.  Sincere sympathy to the families of Sue Croxton and Oliver Triplet in their loss of loved ones.

The rain will not give us a break!  Many years ago, people at Ephesus Baptist, had a special meeting to pray for rain. Before they got home it was raining! Only one person brought an umbrella. We may need to go and have prayers for a break in the rain?

Have a God blessed week!