And the People of God Lived in Tents

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 | Fumée d’Ambris Gris  1880 | 139.1 x 94 cms | 54 3/4 x 37 ins| Oil on canvas  Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute | Williamstown United States

This is our fifth year running an organic farm and urban youth agricultural training center, and everything is turned upside down, being pulled by a power only I can be thankful for. This horse barn we live in is not our home, but it is the center of a horse ranch and a huge forestry operation. While hosting our small program sounds admirable, it is met with unexpected proximity, liability, and life changing issues. In fact, opportunities look like barriers. After months of misgiving, prayer and networking, liability insurance is acquired. The property owners change their minds again, and want to use what they have for God and support our work, purchasing an additional 10 acres here on forestry trail for our young farmers/campers to dwell – in tents, and all is well. And the people of God lived in tents. Abraham did it.
~ §tacy §weeney