Straight Plowing

Straight Plowing

Harry was a farm boy. A boy on the farm does not have much opportunity to get lonesome. There are always so many things to do, and if he likes animals he has a whole farm full of pets. There were cows, horses, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, cats and dogs on Harry's farm.

A farm boy feels very proud of himself when his father allows him to drive a team of horses. So it was with Harry. He was now big enough to drive four heavy horses hitched to a plow. Day after day he sat on a plow pulled by the strong horses. Of course the horses were well trained, for had they really wanted to run away, Harry could not have held them.

In a garden we use a spade to prepare the ground for planting but on the farm where fields are large we use a plow which is usually drawn by horses. The new field that Harry was to plow that day was very large. When one starts to plow such a large field it is important that he begins right. When you mow the lawn the first cut through the grass should be straight. When you come to the other end of the lawn and look back the first cut should not be full of curves like a cork screw. It should be as straight as a string. So if you begin right the rest of the mowing will be easier.

Right in the center of the field which Harry was to plow there was a hill so he was unable to see the other end of the field. In such a field it is very important that the first furrow is straight. If the first furrow extends evenly without curves, the rest of the plowing is much easier. Therefore, Harry's father went with him that morning, so that the first furrow would be Plowed straight.

No, the father did not intend to plow the first furrow for Harry. Harry had to do this himself. But the father could help him.

This is the way it was done. Harry with his plow ,and horses stood ready at one end of the field. His father walked ahead until he was on top of the hill and could see both ends of the field. On the hill the father took a position so that if Harry plowed directly toward him, the first furrow would be straight and square with the rest of the field.

Now it was up to Harry. Could he drive his four horses directly toward his father so that the first furrow would be straight? How would you do it if you were in Harry's place? If he looked back after starting he would certainly put a crook in his furrow. If he looked down and kept his eyes on the ground, he would lose sight of his father and the furrow would resemble a large snake crawling over the ground. Therefore, Harry did exactly as his father had instructed, "Keep your eye on me and plow straight toward me and the furrow will be straight." Harry followed these directions and when he reached the place where his father stood, he stopped and looked back. He was surprised and happy that he had plowed such a straight furrow.

The father did not plow the furrow for Harry. Harry did it himself. All that the father asked of him was that he plow directly toward him.

The straight furrow reminds us of living a straight life. We have to live our life just like Harry had to plow his furrow. By a straight life we mean a life that is true, honest and godly. God is asking us to keep our eyes on Him and live directly toward Him. We must not swerve to the right nor to the left, then our life will be straight. Harry did not look back nor down. He looked ahead toward his father. Jesus said, "No man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of God." As Harry kept his eyes on his father so we must always keep our eyes on God. If we do that our living will be straight.

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