Thursday, August 30, 2012

Be Careful What You Wish For

Trey Smith

As drought has gripped much of the middle of the US, what is the one thing farmers and others have prayed for?


Some of these areas will get their wish as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac will dump a lot of wet stuff on them. In Arkansas, where the drought has been exceptional, forecasters have predicted there may be a threat of flash flooding. There is a rather good chance that many of these areas will go from parched soil to having more water than the ground can handle. You could say that they will jump out of the fire into a frying pan!

This situation is not unlike an impoverished family who prays for a financial windfall. By the luck of the draw, they win the lottery. Now flush with hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, they think that all of their troubles are behind them.

Sadly, many such families encounter a host of new problems and some even wind up penniless again.

It's not uncommon for most of us to wish for that which we lack to survive. There is a danger, however, if we receive too much of what we desire too fast. As it happens, we often aren't prepared to deal with it and the wish come true becomes it's own nightmare.

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