Pastor in the Pasture: Horseback Conversations About Friends
It’s early in the morning and you’re trotting out to start the gather. You find yourself riding alongside a feller and you strike up a conversation. It may be something about the family, the horse he’s riding or the all too familiar weather discussion. Sometimes it might be about a mutual friend. This could be a time to reminisce about someone that you’ve both worked with but has passed away. He might ask when you saw him last and worked with him. You give your recollections and the sayings of wisdom that you picked up from him. Ya’ll laugh about the jokes and pranks that made his name common place around the works. You also remember the tough times he faced in his life as he drew nearer to Heaven’s door. Conversations about friends that have passed away are sometimes hard. However, we can take comfort and joy from the memories that we share with each other.
There were a couple of fellers in the Bible that had a much tougher experience with their friend. They were bringing to a close a week full of ups and downs that they had shared with this prominent friend. The week had started off with a big celebration as He had rode into Jerusalem to shouts of accolades and praises. He had turned the tables, literally, on the traders and merchants in the Temple courts. He taught and acted with authority and the people were amazed at Him. These two were hoping that He “was the one to redeem Israel.” Then it all went to “hell in a hand basket.” This friend of theirs had been turned over to corrupt officials and rulers. He had been given a botched trial (if you could call it that) and had been sentenced to death. None of this death row stuff either. The “trial” was over and the sentence had been passed; so it was carried out. Now their friend, Jesus, was dead and gone and to top it off it looked like grave robbers had moved the body.
These two friends now found themselves on the road to a village called Emmaus. They were walking and talking with each other about all that had happened to Jesus. As they were heading down the trail another feller came up and asked, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
It turned out that the feller that asked them the question on the road to Emmaus was Jesus, Himself, risen from the dead. He had fulfilled what He promised and did what He told them He would do. He had defeated death and the grave! (This account can be found in Luke 24:13-35.)
Spring works maybe started in your part of the country or it may still be a few weeks off. As you ride alongside your friends and have horseback conversations about others, I hope that Jesus is one of them. What’s more I hope that He is in your life and right there with you just like He was with them boys on the road to Emmaus.
Here’s wishing you a Happy Easter as we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
I’ll see ya’ll out in the pasture!
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood, for the Feb. 20, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News