David is a wealthy farmer who owns land along the Atlantic coast. He loves being on the coast and needs help on the farm. Therefore, he advertised for the hired hands.
However, many people were reluctant to work on the farms along the coast. They were mostly terrified of the terrible storms that raged across the oceans.
Storms hit the buildings and crops on his large farm. The day of the interviews arrived, and David took it upon himself to personally interview the candidates for the post.
Unfortunately, no one was willing to work for him on the farm and he received a flood of refusals. As he was about to give up hope, a short, thin man came along.
He was well over fifty and approached David. “Are you a good farm worker? David asked the man. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” the man replied.
David raised his eyebrows and was intrigued by the man’s response, and because he was desperate, he hired him on the spot. The man was relieved and delighted.
He started his first day on the job, and as the days went by, David noticed that the little man was doing a good job around the farm. He strove to work from sunrise to sunset, and David was pleased with his progress.
One evening, the wind was blowing hard from the sea. David jumped out of bed, grabbed a lantern, and rushed to the man’s sleeping headquarters.
He shook the man and shouted that he should wake up, telling him the storm was coming. “Fix things before they fly!” David said.
To his surprise, the little man didn’t react as he expected and instead rolled over in his bed and said firmly, “No sir, I told you … I can sleep when the wind blows. “
David got furious and almost kicked him out on the spot. Instead, he ran outside to prepare for the storm on his own. To his astonishment, he saw that all the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.
The cows were in the barn, and the rest of all the other animals were where they were supposed to be, safe. The man had shutters tightly closed and everything else was tied up. Nothing could be blown away by strong winds.
David then understood what the man meant and went back to his bed and fell sound asleep as the wind blew. When you are prepared, mentally, physically and spiritually, you have no fear.
The man in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. The moral of this parable is that we, in faith, protect ourselves from the storms of life by putting our trust in God.
If you liked this parable, read another story about a farmer who sold his well but refused the buyer to draw water from it.