“Life is so much easier when you just plow around the stump.”
I read this yesterday on a list of advice from a farmer and loved it! Having grown up on a farm, I thought about my Dad and could almost hear him saying this.
We can be plowing along, making pretty straight rows in our day, and then, there it is. The darn stump, the person, the obstacle. We stop. We stare it down. We get so aggravated and want to plow into it knowing full well it’s impossible to win a war with a stump. So why cause the damage?
I know sometimes stumps have to be dealt with but sometimes they don’t; sometimes we do have a choice to turn the wheel ever so slightly. It may cause some curves in our rows (which as a kid, I always thought would be so cool, a field of wavy rows! So tempting! So dangerous – Daddy would have killed me!). But as we turn the wheel and go on around, the stump will still be there as we look back, stumps are like that, but they get smaller in our view as we keep plowing along and we didn’t let them ruin our equipment (heart) this time.
Today, may we turn the wheel and go on around the stumps that get in our way. Don’t let some stump ruin our day. We’ve got waves to make, I mean rows to plow. Sorry Daddy.