Baling or fishing?

“Make hay while the sun shines—that’s smart; go fishing during harvest—that’s stupid.” Proverbs 10:5

I didn’t realize the saying, “Make hay while the sun shines,” came directly out of the Bible–at least in the Message version. In the context of making hay, I’ve enjoyed watching farmers harvest hay–cutting, mowing, raking into windrows, and then the baler machine comes along and makes huge round bales.

I loved baling days as a kid. My dad would prepare the alfalfa for baling and hire someone to bale it into small rectangular bales. He’d follow the baler on his little Ford tractor and helpers walking beside the hay wagon would toss the bales onto a hay rack where another guy stacked them into neat rows. Then to the barn where a large hay claw attached to a pulley carried it up and through an opening in the barn to be released and stacked by more helpers.

One time my dad let me drive the tractor. “Linda, the tractor is in low gear, just keep it moving straight ahead.” I was probably eight years old, and thought I was big stuff until I drove over a bale. Needless to say, my career driving the hay wagon job ended and I was sent to the kitchen to help mother prepare lunch for the crew.

Retired and living by the river, I can fish any time I want, including during harvest, and no one can say I’m acting stupid.

Lord give us common sense to work when necessary and play when possible. Amen.


About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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