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Awakening after a good night’s sleep … no alarm clock for me.  Sipping a fresh cup of good coffee to meet a gorgeous 70 degree day.  Just a gentle wind.  Birds chirp, butterflies float all around.  Flowers are abundant and have no fear of my killing them.  The cows and horse sing to me every morning.  This was my vision of farm life, and pretty much was until I met some pesky little critters.

Pesky is the polite term I use for gophers and moles.  Gophers leave large mounds of dirt, while moles leave holes as they burrow underneath the ground to eat roots and grubworms. They are a nightmare to farmers and near impossible to get rid of.  They leave no foundation for ground cover to hold onto.

This city girl gets up in the middle of the night with binoculars in hopes of seeing just one of those varmints sticking their scrawny little head above ground.  I’ve never seen one, just the evidence they leave behind.

God must have a reason for creating them, but I don’t know what it is.  What I realized this week is my life is a lot like the destruction those gophers and moles leave behind.  By allowing resentment, anger, pride, and bitterness to burrow into my foundation, I become no good to anyone.

Thank you, Lord, for gophers and moles.  This was a good lesson this week to remember that by allowing Your wisdom to guide me in my relationships, decisions, and priorities, You provide the most trustworthy foundation any life could be built upon.

Matthew 7:25  “the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

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