Tractor in Your Way?
Honking, curse words and vile hand gestures… These are some of the issues that hard working farmers deal with daily from angry motorists stuck behind a combine or a tractor.
What these motorists may not know is that this farmer has just worked a 14 hour day to grow the corn that puts fuel in the car tailgating him. He may have been planting or harvesting the wheat that makes up the cereal that the motorist ate for breakfast. This farmer has already endured a day of back-breaking labor in the sweltering heat to provide the cotton that the driver’s Polo shirt is composed of.
You see, every convenience that the angry driver is able to enjoy can be traced back to the farmer in front of him.
Why Are Tractors in the Road?
You may wonder why farmers must drive their equipment on the road in the first place. That is a valid question. I can give an answer with this question in return: How do you get to your job? You drive on the road! Farmers must drive their equipment on the back roads and highways to get from the barn where the equipment is stored to the field where they will plant and harvest crops.
2 Timothy 2:6 tells us that “the hardworking farmer should be the first to enjoy the fruit of his labor”. That isn’t always how it works around here, though. Often times, the farmer will do without in order to provide for others…even for the ones who curse him.
You may be 5 minutes behind schedule because of this farmer’s combine or tractor, but he has just missed supper with his family. He didn’t have the opportunity to tuck his children into bed tonight. He will probably miss out on these things tomorrow night as well.
So the next time you feel anger toward a farmer on the road, please remember that they do all of this for you and your family to continue to enjoy food & fibers grown in the U.S.A…
Be patient and be thankful.