Pastor in the Pasture: Herd Work: It’s all about timing
I watched as he worked a particular cow out of the middle of the herd and started her toward me. I was one of the riders where dry cows would be driven out of the herd. It can be nerve racking sometimes.
You want to be a good hand. You don’t want to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The cutter did his job to get the cow this far, so don’t blow it for him. Something else to consider is that most of the time he’s the wagon boss or higher up the company man list. He could tell you to roll up your bed roll and get the hell out of there. Thank God he didn’t.
I stepped my horse a little to the left. I see the cow look out of the herd and toward the other cows. It all comes down to this one moment that means success or to start all over with another cut on the same cow. It all boils down to…timing.
The correct time to step up. The correct time to hold up. The correct time to back up.
My timing can sure be off while holding herd and more importantly with God’s timing. That may be something that you’ve struggled with as well.
Here are three ways to make sure your timing lines up with God’s timing.
1. Be obedient – do what you’re asked. While holding herd I was asked to help get dry cows out of the herd. I did what I was asked.
Noah did what he was asked:
“So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high…Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:14-15, 22 NIV)
2. Don’t get impatient –
a. By quitting the herd. Don’t leave your cutter by himself.
Sometimes we’ll do that on God as well. Instead of being patient we’ll quit and that’s not what we should do.
b. By making a move too quickly. Don’t turn the cow back over the top of your cutter.
We can do that as well to God. We’ll make a rash decision by becoming impatient. It’ll be the wrong one and definitely be the wrong time.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14 NIV)
3. Read – the cow in the herd. Study a cow, be a student of her ways and what she is telling you.
Read – God’s Word. Study it, be a student of His ways, and see what He is telling you. Let His Word fall on good soil and retain it and then by persevering you can produce a crop…His crop.
“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luke 8:15 NIV)
Well here he comes with another dry. I better….
I’ll see ya’ll out in the pasture!
Outtagrass Cattle Co cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the Aug. 13, 2022, edition of Tri-State Livestock News
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