When the Cows Come Home

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.


45 responses to “When the Cows Come Home”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Angie. I appreciate your encouragement. I just reread your “Learning to Lean” post. It is super good stuff!

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  2. Angie Avatar

    I really like your casual writing style that hooks me in. and the way you apply analogy to life lessons. Keep it up.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    This is a fine compliment, especially coming from a wordsmith like you. Thank you sincerely, Chris. As you say, “Blessings!”

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I like how you deepened the analogy here, Chris. I’ve been guilty of looking for greener pastures before. King David had it right, though: the best place is closest to God—wherever that may be.

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  5. Chris G Thelen Avatar

    Amen. Another great lesson.

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  6. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    He’s always calling us to green pastures. We must be color blind though because we tend to leave those pastures thinking is greener somewhere else. Thankfully He’s loving and leads us back to the still waters and pastures of His presence.

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Nancy. I’m thankful to be a part of the Big G ranch’s herd, too!

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  8. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    Love this analogy, David. Praise God he IS an attentive and loving Farmer! I’m so thankful to be part of his herd.

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  9. Gospelroad#66 Avatar

    Hi David, that’s no problem! I’m slow at keeping up with blogging these days – but hoping to get quicker!

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Peggy! Again, I’m slow to see these comments and approve today, but I greatly appreciate your thoughts. God Bless!

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Deano! Sorry to be slow to approve your comment. I was out in the garden playing with my fire pit.

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, brother. Psalm 23 fits well with my wee story. Thankfully, God is the Good Shepherd, who always seeks out lost sheep. Blessings to the Kearns clan. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇬🇧

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  13. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Reading this eventually on Monday and what a blessing it is to me, thank you David. I know you wrote this a few days ago, but it has provided a nice link carrying the subject of the Good Shepherd into the week for me. It certainly drove me to seek that juicy spiritual alfalfa…the 23rd Psalm, again.

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  14. Gospelroad#66 Avatar

    Great post brother! I
    Love your creativity naming the cows 😂 God bless you and Nancy 🥰


  15. peggywritesblog Avatar

    A lovely story and a beautiful analogy of the Lord coaxing us back into His pasture! Blessings!

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Jeff. We are flying up to visit all three of our sons this week. I am grateful for your prayers, brother!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Beth. I appreciate your kind thoughts. God Bless!

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  18. Beth Alisan Avatar

    A wonderful, picturesque illustration of John 10 and John 14, David. As I read, I felt like I had stepped into a James Herriot picture book.

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  19. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    I’ve been praying for a few people – including H – to be drawn back into Jesus’ fold deeply and securely. The picture you paint in this post is what guides my prayers; that God would influence them and the people and events in their lives to draw them back into the fold. Thanks for this, David!

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, sister. Amen!

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  21. God Still Speaks Avatar

    We shake empty bags of cattle cubes and our cows come running to get their treats! And yes, may we be salty treats for those we come into contact with!

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, BG. I love your sense of humor. God Bless.

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I love the additional analogy you found here, Manu! This reminds me of the passage in 1 John 5 where it says that loving God means following his commands, and His “commands are not burdensome.” Staying inside the fence—eating in the Lord’s pasture—should be a joy!

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  24. Manu Avatar

    Love the names you gave them David and the lesson you shared from this. Praise God for being so loving and patient with us. I was thinking about what you wrote, the farmer would lure them back by watching the other cows chowing on the alfalfa. Look at the role we might get to play in God drawing someone back to him. They see us under the shelter of his wings and want the same too.

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The photo is from the Word Press free library. However, there was no credit listed. Agreed, it’s a great one! Both of my parents came from a rural background: mom’s dad was a cotton farmer, and my father’s dad was a ranch caretaker.
    Thank you for reading and commenting, Manette Kay. God Bless!

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  26. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    What a great photo, David! Both sets of my grandparents farmed and had cows. I love how you get inspiration and lessons everywhere. This one is a great truth to remember: getting back through Jesus.

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  27. Pure Glory Avatar

    God bless you!

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. God Bless!

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  29. Pure Glory Avatar

    Loved your story, David. It is a great illustration of God going after us and bringing us back.

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  30. Gary Fultz Avatar

    LOL, while we have it figured out lets not talk about sheep.

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good Shepherd, indeed. I’m grateful God doesn’t just let us roam off.

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’ve also used the shake the feed bucket trick to get cows to come through a gate. My boss had a rough Collie who made such lures unnecessary. A few nips on the heals from “Lady” and the girls couldn’t wait to get back in the pasture. That dog could even make the bull behave.

    You’re on to something, Gary. God puts salty situations in path to teach us.

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  33. Gary Fultz Avatar

    A fun insight David. That was a technique we used as a kid on the farm (plus slingshots for the noncompliant. We would also shake grain in a can and they would follow us through the gate. Add a little salt to the oats and they need a drink where we had the only water (inside the gate). I wonder if the Lord salts our oats? maybe puts salty people into our lives?

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  34. jesusluvsall Avatar

    You saw Moo Cows lol. That is what city folk like me call them when driving down the interstate 🙂
    I am grateful Jesus is our ever patient Good Shepherd always guiding us.

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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Betty! God Bless.

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  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Simply B! I’m happy you stopped my little blog today.

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  37. SimplyB Avatar

    Isn’t it fun how God can speak through such powerfully simple ways? I loved this post. Being a rural girl, it was easy to visualize every word. Great wisdom: “where I get out of the fence (off God’s path) isn’t the biggest concern–it’s how I get back.”

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  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. I appreciate your reading and commenting.


  39. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I like your accompanying verse, Pastor Pete. Yes, thank God, He calls us back to safe pasture. Thank you for stopping by. God Bless!

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  40. Catsandcoffee Avatar

    I love the Cows! They are beautiful.And I like the names you chose. Your verses and comparisons are always interesting and on point.

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  41. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Love the story and photo. I am so glad Jesus doesn’t just shut the gate and let us fend for ourselves! It reminds me of the verse that says how “The goodness of God leads us to repentance.” (Romans 2:4). Have a blessed weekend in God’s pasture David.

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  42. Betty Avatar

    Charming story and analogy, David! I like the focus on the “way back” – that is wise in so many ways.

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  43. BG Avatar

    Simply moovelous! We need moo of your stories Dave! So very touching bro!

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  44. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Rainer! You make a great point; it’s on the familiar routes where we tend to let down our guard, and end up grazing by the highway. Blessings to you and Terri, as well!

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  45. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Love the imagery here in this beautiful reminder to stick close to Jesus throughout our journey, especially on those all too familiar routes. Good word, David. Blessings.

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