Daily Parable: A Farmer Owned Land along the Atlantic Sea Coast
David is a wealthy farmer who owns land along the Atlantic seacoast. He loves being on the coast and needs help on the farm. Therefore, he advertised for hired hands.
However, many people were reluctant to work on farms along the coast. They were mainly terrified of the awful storms that raged across the oceans.
The storms wreaked haw on the buildings and crops on his big farm. The day for the interviews came, and David took it upon himself to personally interview the applicants for the job.
Sadly, no one was willing to work for him on the farm and he received a stream of refusals. When he was about to lose hope, along came a short, slender man.
He was well over middle age and approached David. "Are you a good farmhand?" David asked the man. "Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," the man answered.
David raised his eyebrow and was puzzled by the man's response, and because he was desperate, he hired him on the spot. The man was relieved and thrilled.
He started his first day at work, and when days passed by, David noticed the little man worked well around the farm. He made an effort to work from sunrise till sunset, and David was satisfied with his progress.
One evening, the wind howled loudly in from offshore. David jumped out of bed, grabbed a lantern, and rushed to the man's sleeping headquarters.
He shook the man and yelled that he should wake up, telling him the storm is coming. “Tie things down before they blow away!” said David.
To his surprise, the little man did not react as he expected and instead rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No, sir, I told you… I can sleep when the wind blows.”
David became furious and almost fired him on the spot. Instead, he ran outside to prepare for the storm alone. To his amazement, he saw that all the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.
The cows were in the barn, and the rest of all the other animals were where they were supposed to be, safe. The man had shutters tightly secured, and had everything else tied down. Nothing could be blown away by the strong winds.
David then understood what the man meant and returned to his bed and fell fast asleep as the wind blew. When you are prepared, mentally, physically, and spiritually, you fear nothing.
The man in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. The moral of this parable is that we, with faith, secure ourselves against the storms of life by putting our trust in God.
If you enjoyed this parable, read up about another story about a farmer who sold his well but refused the buyer to take water from it.