Every morning, mom and I do a rural paper route. We have lots of dirt roads and farms. We get to see lots of God's creatures out and about between 4am and 6am. There are the wild opossum, raccoon, skunks, rabbits, coyotes, and deer(as a matter of fact mom hit one this morning-she is ok the car is ok and the deer ran off so he is probably ok). Then there are the regulars we see in the same places everyday-cats, dogs, horses, cows, llama, goats, turkey and sheep. Maybe it is because of the solitude-just me and the animals out on a dark country road-or maybe I am just a little crazy but you kinda form a relationship with animals you see everyday. I often talk to the turkeys and they always talk back! There are several dogs that seem to be waiting so we can race down the road and I always encourage them and try to let them win sometimes. The sheep don't pay much attention but I at least say hi when they are near the fence. I would hate them to think that I was rude! Well today, as I was going down a dirt road, I noticed a group of cows out beside the road. One-obviously their leader-was standing right in the middle of the road just watching me. He did not move at all as I pulled up to him and so I had to stop. There were 12 all together and I had my window down so naturally I said "What are you doing out here? You get back in that fence RIGHT NOW! HURRY UP! GET BACK IN THERE! YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE ROAD! ALL OF YOU, GET BACK IN THAT FENCE!" The leader of the pack looked at me and then looked at his posse and turned around. They all followed suit and every one of those cows walked right over the cattle guard(lot of good that thing is doin!) and right back in the fence! I wanted to make sure they were not just trying to play me since some of them stopped just inside the gate and turned to look at me, so I added "ALL THE WAY IN THERE! GET IN THERE AND STAY IN THERE!" So guess what they did? You got it! They turned back around and kept on walkin! I sat there for just a minute just to be sure and they all 12 headed back out into the pasture away from the gate and away from the road. I guess that is what God meant when he said "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" Genesis 1:26
Conservative Christian homeschooling stay at home mom married to Monty for 15 years and mother of 3. We are striving to raise our kids with a Biblical worldview so they grow up to love and serve the Lord and they will be willing and able to stand alone. We, as a family, are no where close to where God would have us be but we are all growing in His grace.