Just as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, happiness is in heart of the holder. Take cutting hay for example. While many of you have no idea what all is involved in cutting hay, let it suffice to say that from seed to bale entails much work, planning and a lot of praying. Now with that being said, I think it will not come as a surprise when I say that there are few who actually enjoy the hay making process. But then my husband is not just anyone. Jackie thoroughly loves and enjoys hay season.
It starts with the choosing just the right blend of grass seeds and planting at just the right time. Then there is praying for God to send just the right amount of rain, sunshine and warmth for the lifeless little seeds sown into the ground to grow over the next several months. Then when it is tall, thick and reaches maturity the time comes for it to be cut. This is the time when things can get a bit dicey as you need several days of dry weather for the hay to properly cure. Many a field of hay has been lost to getting rained on after it was cut. And then at the end of it all comes raking the dried, sweet smelling hay into wind rows where the baler attached to the tractor will spit out beautiful, big round bales of hay.
If you have never seen one, a field full of freshly baled hay is a beautiful site especially when set against a beautiful blue, cloudless sky. The smell of the hay perfumes the air and as Jackie steps back and surveys the fruits of his labor, knowing the animals will be well fed for yet another year. You can feel the happiness which fills his heart. A happiness that only true contentment and the love of God can bring to the soul of a man. Oh that we would all feel such joy from the simple things of life.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.