MudIt’s officially here – the fifth season of the year.

For those of us who live in a rural area, we actually get an extra season. It comes right after winter and lasts until spring.

It’s the mud season.

The combination of melting snow and cold wet rains makes our country living messy for a few weeks.

The chickens have muddy feet and muddy feathers which in turn makes their eggs muddy after they are laid.

The gravel roads are a soggy mess we like to call gumbo. They can be slicker than the ice and snow that preceded them.

Oh, and did I mention the ruts that develop on the high spots? So deep they could blow a tire.

Those folk with livestock sure don’t appreciate this extra season. It wreaks havoc with the feeding schedule as they have to deal with muddy lanes and muddy pastures and muddy equipment.

On the way to church Sunday we saw one farmer starting to slide down hill in the mud. He got the truck in 4- wheel drive just in time to avert an accident.

But as messy as it is, and as much of a nuisance, we’re still thankful for it.

It’s this moisture that will make our pastures green and lush in a few weeks. It will fill our ponds and water our livestock.

It means the soil is good and moist. It will be ready to receive seed in a few weeks and produce a bountiful harvest.

“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:3

Ruts in the Road of Life

Ruts in the road

Are you discouraged today? These words from Pam Vredevelt might help…

“Life has a way of digging deep trenches in our path and bulldozing us to the bottom of the hole. One day we’re kicking up our heels, dancing down the road, enjoying the scenery. The next day we find ourselves sprawled out on our backsides with mud walls closing in on us. We’re stuck in a rut. A slump…

The truth is, ruts are just another part of the journey…a natural by-product of having bodies that get hurt and spirits that get demoralized…

The best prescription for slump syndrome is grace. We give ourselves grace when we refuse to expect more from ourselves than we can possibly deliver. We give ourselves grace when we grant ourselves permission to rest, sleep, play, take a break and get alone with God…

There are lessons to be learned in ruts. We won’t always understand the full meaning of the lesson until we’re further down the road. But for now we need to trust that God is up to something good, even in the ruts. Even when things don’t happen the way we want. Even when little makes sense, and we feel buried after life’s demands…

On days when it feels as if the walls are caving in on you and your backside is caked in mud, remember that God can do amazing things with mud. He created Adam out of it. He healed the blind man with it. The woman caught in adultery found freedom as she read His inscriptions from it.

I wonder what surprises He has in store for us today…The rule of grace says that His blessings can be found even at the bottom of a rut.

~Pam Vredevelt from Espresso for Your Spirit

Give yourself grace today!

Hebrews 4:16 ” Let us then approach the throne with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”