Nancy and I were on our way to church this past Sunday morning when we saw something that’s quite common here in the rural part of our state: cows out of their pasture.
These four gals, Flossy, Bossy, Betsy, and Sue (I’ve named them to make this charming story more endearing)🤠 were grazing happily next to a major highway. The rest of the herd was just across the fence, still in their enclosure.
Thankfully, the owner of the cattle had already hatched a plan. As we passed by, he was busy breaking up some bales of alfalfa and throwing them off his truck, near the girls inside the fence.
The ladies grazing next to the road were clearly interested; they were already headed toward the gate. As a former part-time farm hand, and cow-whisperer, I recognized the rancher’s strategy.
Once the cows on his side of the fence started eating, he would open the gate to woo the wayward girls to breakfast. He could then shut the gate and go look for where the four jailbreakers got out, which isn’t always easy to find.
As we continued our drive to church, I thought about how easy it is to stray from the Lord’s pasture. And how, like the good rancher, He calls us back.
Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.Isaiah 55:1a, 2b (NKJV)
It also hit me that Jesus Christ Himself is the way back–safely inside the fence.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. he will come in and go out, and find pasture.Jesus– John 10:9 (NIV)
Kind reader, that’s when the “Check Engine” light came on in my head concerning the following: where I get out of the fence (off God’s path) isn’t the biggest concern–it’s how I get back.
Jesus is the answer!
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.Jesus–John 14:6 (NIV)
Like many of you, I’ve read, and pondered over, this verse multiple times. But seeing the cows out, the alfalfa prepared, and the gate about to be opened, brought it home to me in a brand new way.
Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.
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