When God gives us a dream or vision, we are often the first to doubt ourselves believing that what God has placed on our heart is too big of a dream to accomplish. However, when it comes from God, nothing is too big, or too crazy for Him.
For most in business, there is a sense of control over the success and outcomes. There is a belief that if you work hard and smart, then your business will succeed. It’s a very different model for Australian farmers, especially those living in drought affected areas.
They can be the smartest business people, but without rain it’s virtually impossible to generate enough income to support a family. When the rain does come it’s often unpredictable and relies on foreknowledge for seeds to be already sown into the ground ready to be watered.
This is what happened for most farmers living in the Central West of NSW when the rains came earlier this year. After a number of years of drought, they had stopped sowing seeds into the dry brittle ground as it had become a bad investment.
That could have been the case for Jarrod Amery too, but months before God had given him a vision that at first seemed ‘too crazy’ to be true.
Jarrod Amery is a fifth-generation farmer near Orange NSW, an area that has been ravaged by drought. No one in the local area is planting seeds into the dry soil, but Jarrod had a dream from God to plant $36,000 worth of canola seeds. At a time when in the natural his actions seemed crazy, God was about to make a miracle happen.
“I had this dream but the catch is it was just a normal dream,” Jarrod shared with Robbo and Becci on Vision Christian Radio’s Rise & Shine program. “I am not any ‘you beaut super spiro kind of person’. I’m just an everyday kind of Christian person that runs a farm, someone who just loves God and wants to do great things for God’s Kingdom.”
“Because [the land] was as dry as chips, you know. No rain for ages, and I could just see in the dream exactly where I was standing, what paddock I was in, what part of the farm I was in. I could see these rows, these green rows of fresh green canola plants growing. I could see that there was none anywhere else around me, in my dream.”
“So I thought, ‘wow that’s so cool’. The next day I told my wife Emma, and I told my father, because at the start I discounted it as an everyday dream. I sort of got thinking about it and telling my wife and we both felt that this was a God thing.”
This dream from God required a significant step of faith from Jarrod to sow these canola seeds into that particular dry dusty paddock. “It wasn’t like the seed was for free either. It cost $36,000 for the seed. I got advice from some people when I was thinking about doing it, and the first person I spoke to said ‘don’t do it’.”
“Then I thought, am I going to do what people say or am I going to step out on a limb and just trust God. I told God that I was going to trust in Him, that this was His dream. If this doesn’t work, it’s going to turn out really bad.”
It took them quite some time to sow the seed into the thousand acre paddock, and when they finished sowing “the rains came”.
“Emma and I, after church on a lot of Sundays we drive by that paddock and we stand in that paddock in amongst the miracle and we are just in amazement.”
“We had this beautiful rain at the end of March and it hasn’t rained since,” Jarrod shares about the regret he would have felt if he didn’t follow God’s prompting. Jarrod’s financial advisors have since told him that if he hadn’t had this crop of canola, they would have been in a really bad place.
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