The newest social media trend is something called a “polar vortex.” Before a couple days ago we had never of such a thing and it certainly wouldn’t have been a top following in social media. The last 96 hours in Michigan have brought a severe winter storm with several inches of snow and below zero temps. We have at least 2 feet of snow and temperatures plummeting to below zero and wind chills up to -40 degrees. Schools and businesses have closed; an emergency call has been issued to our town to remove all vehicles off the roads so snow trucks can clean the roads and warnings to stay inside.
Before this storm was a severe ice storm that caused hundreds of thousands to lose their power through Christmas. Michigan made the local news and power companies from all over came to help. We had 2 huge generators running our farm at a cost of $800 a day. We even let another dairy farmer use one of ours to finish his milking because his generator died.
I often turn to a comment from Paul Harvey, “So God made a farmer.” Many of us can stay in our homes and stay warm around the fire or under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and not worry about anything except, “When will the snow truck go by so I can go out?” But, not a farmer. God knew that this farmer would be able to handle any element and take care of his livestock, plow snow for elderly neighbors and be up both night and day to take his employees home or get them in because they couldn’t make it on their own.
The temperatures have lent us to find icicles hanging from our new milking equipment in our new parlor, so we had to get extra heat in there to defrost, staying on top of plowing the snow in order to get the milk truck in. We are making sure the cows have running water that hasn’t frozen, or that their feed is fresh and hasn’t frozen, and the curtains on the barns are shut tight so they can stay warm. My husband and our employees have been there to assist a mother cow in the birth of her new calf only to find that their clothes are wet and frozen to their body. They are tired and cold yet they keep moving forward. So God made a farmer.
The next time you sit down to dinner, just remember God made a farmer to provide your meal, and maybe say an extra prayer for them.