Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Work for the night is coming...

I love that hymn, really. LOL...couldn't sing it if I had to, but I do like the words and the many thoughts it puts me in mind of...

Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work ’mid springing flowers;
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man’s work is done.

Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor,
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give every flying minute,
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.

Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work, while the night is darkening,
When man’s work is o’er.

The first thought I get is The Lord is coming. Don't be lax in your own work here while waiting upon His Return. We need to be doing all the good we can now, keeping our faith held high and not being ashamed of The Gospel. Soon enough our time to make a difference in the lives of those around us who might not yet know the promises of His Word or know Him personally will be through and He will return to collect His Bride. Do not tarry in following The Lord! You never know when your time to do His Tasks will be done.

But today, that song popped into my mind more times than I probably remember. We had a work day here to be sure. Dewey's boss was wonderful and brought us a load of firewood. Seasoned and dry wood...not the 'slightly green' stuff we bought and paid for being in a hurry and a pinch for instant wood :o( Sure is nice to not have all the mess from that other wood. And wow, had I forgotten what it's like to lug about still green wood vs dry wood! Talk about a weight difference.

To fully appreciate this wood (as though just being gifted it wasn't enough!) you have to know how it came here...their shop is in Jackson, TN....a good hour from us. They brought this wood down to us, taking a chunk of their day just in the driving to and from. What a blessing it is.

Before the load arrived, we did some much (much) needed yard cleaning and clearing so we looked a bit more presentable around here. That alone was a project in itself and truthfully, we still have plenty to do out there. Oh so much junk ;o(

We moved all the green wood over to a new location for stacking. The children brought 2 of the large pallets from the barn (a good 8 ft size, made with 2x4's...heavy and then some). They began moving the wood over there, but it turned out to be rather piled and not properly stacked, so we moved it all and started over with more supervision and help from me this time. I certainly can't have some lopsided, ill-stacked wood pile waiting to tumbled over on a younger.

As soon as the camera feels like cooperating, I'll add some pictures to this post. Today it seems to have a mind of its own :o(

We definitely have more than enough wood for this season out there now, and a great start on next winter as well. Now to start combing the woods around here for more. Keeping wood on the homestead is an all-season project, and with Dewey gone, that means we get to man the saws and timber ourselves this year.


As Simply As We Can said...

That was a great blessing! How is the cooking on the woodstove going??

Mrs. Dewey Smith said...

LOL...not bad. The next batch of cornbread worked out much, much better as we were able to eat the whole pan that time.

I haven't tested out anything like rolls or biscuits yet. I need to. I'm a bit nervous on that score yet :o)



Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

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