I believe there was nary a cloud in the sky yesterday while we were working on the horse fence. Even though the sun was bright, a marked decline in humidity and temperature made it a very nice August evening. While Randa stapled the high-tension wire to the outside of the corner post, I put new stakes in the twisted cable for maintaining the brace pressure. The first ones I’d put in were too thin and had broken under the strain.
After finishing that, we moved up to the end post next to the round pen. While Randa grazed her horse, I installed the ratcheting sprockets that are necessary for tightening the heavy, vinyl-coated wire that we are using. Even though I worked in direct sunshine, I never broke a sweat. Quite a change from the previous several weeks when merely walking across the pasture was sufficient exertion to make me sweat. Actual work resulted in a drenching.
When the Arabian’s timed treat was over, Randa returned him to the pen and then helped me finish tightening up the wires. That done, we gathered up the tools and leftover wire. For the first time in a month, we left before the sun went down.
Even while we may continue in the midst of work, God often brings some sort of change that eases our burden. Might be a change in the weather, a comforting word from a good friend or just the sight of a clear sky reflected in the face of the river while the sun still holds above the ridge a few miles away. For things such as this, we ought to be grateful, even while we pray for greater relief and release.