Long ago a farmer owned a big land along the coast of Atlantic. The farmer didn’t get people to assist him, as most were reluctant to work in a storm prone area.
Once, a short, thin, middle aged man approached the farmer for acting as a helping hand. “Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him.
“Well, I can sleep when the storm comes!” answered the 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 shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A gale 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 blows.
” Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the 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 blow away. The farmer then understood the meaning of his attendant. The one who is prepared well can relax in the middle of troubles! The farmer also went back to bed to enjoy his sleep.
So, are we able to sleep well, when the winds of troubles blow through our lives?
Whatever we do, if we are well prepared, we can remain serene and relaxed. But if we have not prepared well, we might be in big trouble. This is applicable to every phase of our life.
Moreover, we all have to face the final gale in our lives. Are we well prepared for that?
Yes, forewarned is forearmed. But if we don’t accept the warnings given by nature – Birth, disease, old age and death and act accordingly, we will be no better than a fool!