I’m not normally one to look for signs in things, or find significance in every little thing, but this just can’t be chalked up to coincidence…
When I first began milking our goats, I started praying about their milk production. One of our goals here is not only to sell milk, but also to give milking goats to families in need and, hopefully, to give surplus milk away as well. I don’t quite remember how I stumbled upon it, but a key verse I’ve clung to in prayer is from Proverbs: “And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens” (it sounds better in the King James.) ;)
A few days ago, a woman Jon works with approached him and said she felt that he was supposed to read Isaiah 27. He did, and this passage “spoke” to him: “Sing about a fruitful vineyard: I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it” (27:3)
That day was the 27th group rotation at his work, and he wondered if the number 27 had any special significance. He asked God about it and told him that if he got another “27” he would take that to mean that God was going to answer our prayers regarding this farm adventure – to prosper it enough so that Jon could work from home.
Tonight, we were talking about different bible verses and Jon was telling me that he had felt very strongly that God was giving him a verse from Jeremiah, regarding not just our farm but the rest of our lives: “It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.” He didn’t realize it until after he looked it up that this passage was from Jeremiah 27
Then I shared with him MY special verse, and I looked again to see where it was located. It’s Proverbs 27:27. I got chills all over my body and am getting them now, even as I type.
That’s when Jon realized that my (s)Dad had offered us the money for the fence on the 27th, and I made the point that our family is even a “27” (two adults, seven children.) That may be stretching things a bit (as I said, I’m not one to look for signs in everything!) but I’m feeling like we’re on the cusp of something very, very big.
Tonight, Jon and our neighbor were walking the field we’re supposed to be renting, working out the boundaries, and our neighbor offered us another acre for $25 and a monthly share of cows milk (which will give us a little over three acres, total.) I realized then that we actually have enough land for me to get something I have dreamed about since I was a little girl – my longest held and deepest “desire of my heart” from childhood.
We have enough land for me to get a horse.
(Bear with me, because I’m going somewhere with this)…
The thing is, God has given me three horses in the past. On two different occasions, someone has offered me a horse for free but we didn’t have enough land for one (on one occasion it was a complete stranger we were sitting next to at a church service. She had been admiring our children and told us that she couldn’t keep her two horses and wanted to bless our family with them. In a way, I was devastated, because we didn’t have enough land for a horse and when we asked our neighbor if we could lease land from him [the same neighbor who is now leasing land to us], he said no.)
When I realized that God had given us enough land to have a horse, I was overwhelmed. Because I know – I KNOW – that if God has given me three horses in the past, He has another one waiting for me somewhere! And I found myself thanking Him for something that hasn’t even happened yet – thanking him as a child thanks her father who has given her the birthday present she wanted more than ANYTHING but didn’t think she’d ever get (except that I’ve always known I’d have a horse, some day.) I was so wound up and excited, I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep tonight.
And then Jon and I had that conversation where the number 27 kept popping up. And suddenly, I felt an amazing sense of calm. Of course I’m getting a horse. We’ll probably end up with 9 of them in addition to our head of 50 beef cows and 20 milk cows and 100 goats and who-knows-how-many-sheep and chickens and we’ll all go trail riding together every week.
The Bible says “you have not, because you ask not.” I’ve felt convicted over this for a long time now… I HAVE not because I ASK not. So I decided to start asking.
And He smiled and started answering.