3-Week Series: Double Blessing

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Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly

advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms

along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the

Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer

interviewed applicants for the job, he received nothing but refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.

"Are you a good farm hand?" the farmer asked him.

"Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the

farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed,

the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s

sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up! A storm is

coming! Tie things down before they blow away!" The little man rolled over

in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind


Enraged by the old man’s response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on


spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his

amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with

tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and

the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly

secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could...

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