If any of you have ever lived on a farm, or stayed on one for long, you may have had some unique animal experiences. Over the years I have had many. Animals have personalities just like people. They are pretty predictable if you know them. When dealing with cattle you get to know them really well when feeding and just observing them out in the pasture.
What is not seen in the above settings is when the animal is under some kind of stress. Cattle can get stressed for many reasons. You may have them penned up to vaccinate, you may be loading them onto a trailer, or a cow or heifer may be having calving problems. This is when their normally tranquil personality can change very quickly. In my time I have been knocked down, kicked, rammed, penned up, trapped, stepped on, and a couple of times thought I was going to be killed. These times can happen very quickly and you really can’t prepare for it. Thankfully, they don’t happen very often.
When calving , It is normal for a cow to separate from the rest of the herd and find a quiet place to deliver their new baby. During the calving season we watch them closely just in case we’re needed to assist. It doesn’t happen very often percentage wise, but if you have many cows maybe a few times a year. Under normal circumstances you could get this cow up to the corral easily. When under delivery stress it doesn’t happen so easily. Many times it may be easier to rope the cow and pull the calf in the pasture. If you want to deliver a live calf you must do all of this very quickly.
Exactly the time when the animal needs help the most is when she runs away. This is exactly how mankind is. We flee from our only true Source of help. But just as I don’t give up on helping my animals, God doesn’t give up on His people.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him (Isaiah 53:6).
Our Shepherd is always there. He never gives up until His sheep are in the fold. The hound dogs of Heaven stay on our trails until we are safe in the fold. What comfort there is in this. And what a price He paid for His wandering sheep. The love that He has expressed for us is beyond human comprehension!!!
Thank Him for it today!!!