Have You Dusted Today?


As he got to the end of the field, he readied himself as he turned to plow down the next row.  The rotary hoe attached to his tractor sliced several lines into the dirt and lifted up the weeds beginning to grow in between the rows of soybeans.  The hot wind blew in his face like a furnace.  The farm-hand took 3 deep breaths and made a 180 degree turn.  This time as the rotary hoe plowed up the dry earth behind him, the steady wind pushed a thick cloud of dust around him, surrounding him on every side.  It was hard to breathe. He covered his mouth and nose and continued to forge through to the end of the row, trying not to breathe in too deeply.  At the end of this row, he turned his wheels another 180 degrees and now was met again with a blast of hot wind.  The dust was blowing behind him once again. He could breathe in deeply…until he got to the end of the next row.

My husband has had dozens of dusty experiences in his life.  He grew up on a wheat farm in the midwest.  Working for his dad all throughout high school, he remembers being “caked with dust” often as he worked out in the fields.  Cleaning grain bins, gathering hay bales, harvesting wheat and soybeans…all were very dusty activities at times.

In 2002, he was stationed in the desert of Kuwait at Camp Doha with the army during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The dust was so fine it hung in the air like a thick blanket.  He said he got used to it and it almost wasn’t noticeable, but the air all around had a tan-colored tinge most all of the time.

Dust is everywhere.  Outside.  Inside.  It seems to be an ever-present part of life.  Some locations are dustier than others but all places need some dusting.  I’m always amazed how quickly it accumulates.  Dust is everywhere.

Dust was the material God used to form man originally.

Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

Psalm 103:13-14 says, “As a Father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;  for He knows how we were formed, He remembers that we are dust.”

Our Loving Creator knows that we are fragile, easily broken and weak at times.

(Photo Credits:  Yellow Tractor by “PaulR 1800” and Green Tractor by “Lutz Blohm”  www.flickr.com)


20 thoughts on “Have You Dusted Today?

    • Thanks Lynn! So wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for your sweet encouragement! Every time I see your face, I smile. Blessings to you, dear blogging friend!


  1. I love it, Amy! Great analogy. I too struggle with electronics dominating my day. Maybe I should “dust it” out of siight for specific times. Much to think on in dusting in my own life, and not focusing on dust in others. Thanks! 🙂

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  2. Thanks for this beautiful object lesson! I had never looked at all these Scriptures together that speak about the dust of life. What a precious Lord we have, always calling us to let Him wash away that daily dust. Blessings to you!


    • Hi Bettie! I appreciate your words of encouragement today. Grateful this post made you look at DUSTing in a different way. Amen-what a precious Lord we have! Wishing His lavish love to be showered on you this day and always!

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    • Hi Jennifer! Thanks for your encouragement! So glad you will never see DUSTing the same way again. I don’t either. I need all kinds of word-plays and examples to keep me focused on the best things first…still working on this and praise God there is always grace. Wishing you His best always!


  3. Amy

    I just read this article. It took uo until now but I feel for a reason. All those distractions each day, I finally focused on your posting. I find the words going right to my heart. So beautifully written. I am going to print this out for my own reflection and strengthening time. You are so gifted with words, the
    Lord has a hand over you. I
    remember your Mother telling me
    how gifted you are with words.

    Many continued blessings to you.


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    • Hi Diane. So nice to hear from you. Your anchor frame still sits right next to my kitchen window and is a sweet blessing to me daily. Glad to know this encouraged you. Thanks for encouraging me today! Much love to you dear sister-in-Christ.


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