Can you sleep when the wind blows?

My Mom (I love her to death) emailed this to me yesterday, I thought I would share it with you all, it really gave me a different perspective…

Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the Awful storms that raged across the Atlantic,  Wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received A steady stream of refusals.  Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.  Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk,  and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up!  A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”   The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred.  The shutters were tightly secured.  Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

The moral of this story?

When you’re prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms.


3 thoughts on “Can you sleep when the wind blows?

  1. Hi Sam!

    So glad you’re feeling better! It’s difficult not being hard on yourself, I think it comes with the territory.

    I love this story, I read it a while back, It makes sense, but how do you prepare yourself for the onslaught of IF? I know we don’t need to understand, and most times I just accept that God is in control, but boy when the bad news comes I’m down in the dumps again.

    Thanks for sharing it, I really needed to hear it today.



  2. Great story, love it!

    I admire little men like him…

    Note that the little man that sleeps when the wind blows did not just read the manual on how to farm during the day and reminded himself of all the lovely words in the manual, but he grinded through the hard work…

    Practicing the truth inside the book is a whole other story to reading it and trying to hold onto barren words when the wind rises.

    The truth here to me, is how much of the truth is working through us, and how much is just written on the T-shirts we wear? That part is what is fascinating to me…


  3. Sjoe M, your comment has given me a lot to think about. Very deep my friend, very deep…

    Elize – I think IF helps us to keep our faith, remember when we react to the bad news we are working in our own strength (I do it ALL the time) but when we remember to handle it in His strength the dispair we feel is not as great… At least that is what I think 🙂


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