Spring

12 Apr

LIFE ON THE FAMILY FARM UNDER AN OPEN HEAVEN

By:  Tom Heck

Spring

                After a long, cold, snowy winter, we greatly look forwards to spring on the farm.  It’s nice to see the huge snow piles that have accumulated over the winter months melt away.  Yes, there is lots of mud around and lots of work to do, but it’s good to have the warm temperatures.

One of the first things we look forward to in the spring are the Canadian and snow-white Arctic geese flying north to Canada.  It’s great seeing their big V-shaped formations flying over our buildings as they head straight north to their summer homes honking and honking as they go.  Sometimes they will land in our fields and scrounge up some food.  Sometimes we will have hundreds or even thousands of them stop in to visit.  We greatly enjoy having them, although they don’t stay very long, with spring in the air and Canada calling.  When they leave we always tell them, “Good bye, we’ll see you again in the fall.”  And they always honk their “Good byes” to us.  It is truly amazing how the Creator, God, put it into these majestic birds to fly thousands of miles north every spring and then in the fall to travel thousands of miles south once again.

We also have a contest here every spring between the four of us.  The contest is: who will see the first robin on our farm here.  The winner usually gets a special piece of candy, so needless to say we are all very attentive.  We know with the robins back spring is surely here.

Further into spring the green grass starts to grow, especially next to the foundations of the buildings.  The kids start to pick handfuls of this lush, juicy, green stuff and take them to the barn to give to their favorite cows.  And the cows, what do they do?  Out come their long tongues twisting around the clumps of grass and quickly taking them in.  In a matter of a few seconds it’s gone and they’re looking for more with their big bright eyes.  This is always a very special treat for them.

Also with the green grass comes the beautiful spring flowers.  The kids and I love to pick them and bring them into the house for Joanne.  And she always greatly appreciates them – even if they are just dandelions at times.

With spring there is always so much new life.  Part of every spring is Easter.  Before I came to know Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour, Easter was just another religious holiday.  But once Jesus came into my heart, Easter took on a whole new meaning.  The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus became very personal to me.  With Jesus alive and living in my heart, He gave me life and that so much more abundantly.  It was life like I had never experienced in all my growing up years!  Before, life was so dead, hopeless and loveless, but now with Jesus it’s just the opposite!

The Bible teaches that the creation declares the glory of God.  I believe this is so true in the spring of the year when creation is all coming so alive.

So enjoy the geese, robins and all the flowers and be sure and give God thanks for it all.  Spring shows us all that God sends new life every year.  And the greatest part of spring was when Jesus came out of the grave to live forevermore.  Because He lives, I live and you can too.

 

Tom Heck, his wife Joanne, and their two children, Catherine and Joshua, own and operate a 35 cow, 159 acre dairy farm in northwestern WI.  Contact Tom at: lifeonthefamilyfarm@gmail.com  Copyright © 2013 by Tom Heck.  All rights reserved.

 

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