Do you remember as a child playing “What does the ____ say?” Perhaps you have even played this learning-game with your children and grandchildren. “What does a pig say” … “oink-oink”. “What does a duck say” … “quack-quack”. and of course, ” What does a cow say?” … “moo”, right? From this common situation shouldn’t you be able to say that anything that says, “MOO!!” is a COW? Apparently, not.
I was not raised on a farm. I had the opportunity to visit my uncle Xen’s farm and milk cows with cousins the summer between 7th and 8th grade. I have enjoyed seeing many types of cattle out in their fields as we travel all over the country. It’s especially sweet if I see a big red barn, a big white farmhouse, a tire-swing in the yard, and lots of big green tractors in the distance, too.
My husband’s sister’s family has a feedlot and a huge farm in northern Illinois. We love to visit the family. It seems produce many smiles and much laughter each visit showing me how much I do NOT know about cattle. I enjoy reading their 4-H reports about the various kinds of cattle; I confess I do not remember much of the information. I see all the awards and ribbons they have earned from raising, caring for, training and showing these creatures at the local and distant fairs. When we visit the farm and tour the lots, all of the beasts are on the other side of the fence.
I have even read informative articles about how to tell the difference between “cows”, heifer, bulls, etc. It was interesting to know that both males and females can have those huge horns. This article not only has relevant definitions, it also has paint-by-the-number pictures with anatomical and physiological differences. It contains information about common myths regarding horns and coloring, such as, “As a matter of fact, bulls and cows (not to mention steers, calves and heifers) can be any colour except pink, purple, green and blue.”
Yesterday was rainy and cool. Consequently, I was not out in the yard much. Just before sunset, as the shift-change, exit-rush of workers was about to begin this was the scene!
At first glance these animals looked scary to me. Please note that the animals are on the same side of the fence as me! Actually, I am standing in the doorway of my RV wondering how I am supposed to OPEN the gate, take two photos of each exiting vehicle, let the workers out . . while the yard is full of huge bovine creatures!
These animals have plenty of grass to eat for miles and miles. Can anyone tell me why they want the grass and weeds that are by the road and by the gate? Why do they especially love to walk back and forth in front of the motion detector? Can they hear the beeping? One actually loves to rub her nose on the sensor and the lights. Maybe she likes it because it is warm? The article advises, “Don’t get excited, tense or fearful, around them, and if they come up to you, don’t be alarmed as they are naturally curious animals.”
I did not have to worry long, by the time the first vehicle came they had slowly moo-o-o-oved on down the road to the next patch of dry,brown grass.
Lastly, I was remembering this childhood song based on a phrase from Psalm 50:10. “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”: (sing it with me if you know it)
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills,
The wealth in every mine;
He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills,
The sun and stars that shine.
Wonderful riches, more than tongue can tell –
He is my Father so they’re mine as well;
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills –
I know that He will care for me.
even read a few other blogs about this song . .
- the examiner e-zine says, ” Sometimes we need to be reminded that God, who is our Father and our Provider, owns everything. “
- the gammons fam says, “As my friend was writing about a struggle that he is walking through and his desire to trust God with all of his needs, this song came to mind. It is an old one from the very beginning of the “chorus movement”. I love it’s simple message straight from the scriptures.”
- Geneva Psalter says, “Although it expresses a valid sentiment, namely, that God cares for us, this is not the point of the psalm, whose main theme is that Almighty God stands in judgement on those who offer the prescribed sacrifices while remaining content to follow their sinful ways.”
- Pastor Nathan Ruble says, “The context of this statement was not about God’s ability to provide for us but instead something equally if not more important. … What makes our lives acceptable to the Lord is that we live to honor him. “
- (my favorite 🙂 ) Full Measure of Joy blog says, “It’s not that God owns all of His Creation. It’s that He has shared it with me! I am His heir and therefore all that He owns belongs to me as well. …But the earthly portion of it isn’t even the best part. Oh we have some beauty in our world to see, but my future home is far greater and more wonderful than anything this world has to offer. …”
God provides ..
- excitement on a dull rainy day,
- beef for hamburgers,
- something to research on our S-l-o-w internet,
- something to laugh about each day,
- memories of fun times with friends and relatives,
- and always a song to sing!!!