I’m in Lancaster County tonight with my niece. She accompanied me on the short journey in order to spend the weekend with me as we explore the area. Our trip will be quick but busy as I need to run several errands on Saturday to pick up leather goods (stirrup leathers, a saddle, a bridle) that are being repaired at different locations. We will also be meeting with Wilmer S. who has a horse farm nearby. My husband asked me to find someone willing to board some horses for a few months out of the year.
Unfortunately, as soon as we got here, the rain began to fall. I’m sure that Amish farmers look at it as a blessing and, truth be told, it did cool down the hot, muggy air. But rain makes for treacherous roads and really gloomy photos. Watching the horses and buggies was interesting and I felt sorry for the magnificent animals as they ran down the roads, the rain pelting their faces.
When we were returning home after having dinner out, we saw something that really made me wish I carried umbrellas in my car. As we went to turn up 722, an open topped buggy with a second seat was at the traffic light. There was a man, woman, child, and baby in the buggy. The woman carried the baby in her arms, despite the fact that there was a baby seat in the back of the buggy. They were drenched. Yet, no one looked miserable or uncomfortable. It was just part of God’s plan. They had got caught in the rain, maybe returning from visiting grandparents or siblings. Nothing to complain about. No reason to be angry or stressed.
It made me think about how we react when caught in such circumstances. I know that I tend to get very anxious and irritated when personally faced with challenging situations. Fortunately, I have a strong husband who helps to take charge and see me through stressful days. However, when a situation involves other people and not me directly, I tend to be more like my husband. We have a good balance between us.
I certainly hope that the Amish family we saw tonight made it home safely and got out of their wet clothes, poured a nice cup of hot tea, and had time to relax in the warmth of their home. I learned a valuable lesson from them today. Maybe that was part of God’s plan, too.