You might wonder, what is she talking about now? What a strange combination of things and what, for pete sake, is a straw walker? Thought you would never ask. Its not something out of Star Wars, though it could be. Its not an Indian name, though it could be that also. Its simply a mechanism inside of a combine that separates the straw from the wheat and is overworked this time of year. I love the word and just wanted an excuse to use it in one of my stories.
Four tracks are not so mysterious. Just a form of transportation. Much used and needed on a farm. My husband uses ours to buzz around the farm and in the summer time, once in awhile, He calls on me to haul him out to the field to get the truck that is full wheat. This has happened twice in the past few days and each time, I’ve had on white pants. Do you have any idea how dusty and dirty a farm can get during harvest time? There is always dirt but at this time of year there seems to be a constant film of grit everywhere.
Of course when the call came, I jumped at the chance to drive the four track. NOT! My old sinful nature took over immediately and I said. “Do I have to?” Thinking in my heart, why can’t he just walk out there, I’ve got my white pants on and I don’t want to get dirty, and besides, it is hot out there. Yes, I’m ashamed to admit all this, but sadly, its true. Right away, that still small voice whispered in my heart, others first, put others first and do it joyfully. Why is this so hard? Putting others first.
We have such a good example in the Savior. He put us first and it cost Him a terrible price. All it costs me was a little discomfort, a little of my time and pants no longer quite so white, kind of like my heart. OUCH.
As God’s children, we will often be called to do things when we don’t want to do them. When it isn’t convenient or when we just don’t feel like it. We are called daily, to deny self, take up the cross and follow Him.
Lord God, help us to answer the call and to do it with a cheerful heart, and to do it NOW!