Farmers and homesteaders have always had so many challenges to face, usually from things they had (have) no control over. Too much or too little rain, climate change, weather patterns, crop prices falling, bug invasions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildlife garden invasion, earthquakes… the list goes on and on. Kinda makes you wonder why people get into that lifestyle.
But when you finally get a harvest from your crops – juicy tomatoes, crisp carrots, sweet peppers, crunchy apples, delicious potatoes – it makes all those struggles worth it.
Many modern day homesteaders are fighting to be more “self-sufficient,” and for a long time, that was our goal too. Grow a big portion of our own food, hunt for meat, raise chickens for fresh eggs and eventually “stock-pot chickens,” and eventually raise our own goats for fresh milk. But there’s nothing like those completely-out-of-your-hands challenges to make you realize you CANNOT be a self-sufficient homesteader or farmer.
To be self-sufficient is “needing no outside help in satisfying one’s basic needs, especially with regard to the production of food.” (The Oxford Dictionary) Having your own garden or hunting a moose will make you quickly realize how impossible this is. There are potentially too many problems that can arise over which you have no control. We got neither a moose or caribou during Alaska’s short hunting season this year. We came home after work a couple weeks ago to see the roof of our greenhouse half blown off. Things happen.
I’m not saying you should give up your dream of growing your own food or hunting and trying to provide for your family. Quite the contrary.
My husband and I are Full Gospel, faith-filled Christians. We thank God every day for the harvest we got from our little garden and greenhouse. We ask for His protection over our chickens and apple trees (and our home and dogs too!). Every meal is preceded by a prayer of thanks for all He has provided.
I’m not self-sufficient, I’m God-sufficient.
All we have is from Him; He’s our Provider.
Please don’t take this post as a “I’m a Christian. I’m better than you” blah, blah post. Quite the contrary. On our own, there is no way we would have had as good a harvest as we did this year. We’re just a couple of newbie gardeners. The moose typically would have eaten our baby apple trees to nubs, but instead chose to munch on the willow trees next too them. Believe me, that has nothing to do with me. That’s all God!
And He can and wants to do the same for you. 🙂 Be God-sufficient and let Him take your worries!
This is by no means, an “in-depth” post about God’s provisions. The concept of “God-sufficient” has been stewing in my brain for quite a while. There is a very good chance as I study more in His Word, the Holy Bible, and learn, I’ll be back to share with you!