I’m feeling extra blessed this week. Not because of great health news, a financial windfall, or an abundant harvest, but because God cares enough to show His presence in my life. My overfilling of blessing came from an early evening observation that God used to remind me of how He is in every happening here at our Cross-Dubya ranch. Checking on the fast-dying grasses in the hayfield that have yet to be baled, I was feeling dejected and disappointed. Another year of drought, extreme heat, and poor harvests.
Making my way down the drive, I was sinking into a “Poor Me Moment.” As those feelings began welling up in my soul, my riding buddy Bubba the chocolate lab lifted his head from my lap and slammed it into my chest. That doesn’t happen often, as Bubba is most content to lazily ride with his head in my lap while slobbering all over my jeans, but when it does, I alert. Lifting my foot from the accelerator, I looked around. As the UTV coasted to a stop, I looked left, and the blessings unfolded.
There, in the south pasture, I saw my small herd having an early evening snack. Eating the last of my summer grasses (lack of rain and brutal temps have taken their toll on my pastures), the words “Jehovah Jireh” sprang forth from my heart. Jolting me from my onset of the doldrums, I smiled as God enveloped me with a sense of wellbeing. My mind whispered, the God who provides has you, He will always see you through.
Surveying the mamas and their babies, I praised God as I thought about how God gave us what we needed to raise another good calf crop this year. With weaning less than a month away, I thanked God for the spring and early summer rains that gave us enough grass to grow them healthy and strong. As God does, He didn’t stop there.
Drawing my attention to little “Prancer”, the smallest cow here, He reminded me He is also El Chuwl (Isaiah 43:1-3), the God who gave you birth. As my sweet little brindle-colored Braford cow was leisurely grazing, her twins came alongside. You may remember my post in March about the extra-small twin calves I doubted could survive, Help My Unbelief. As the photo above proves, not only have they survived, but they’ve also thrived. At 500 lbs. each, these tiny twins who weighed only about thirty lbs. at birth have gained an average of almost three pounds per day. Thank You, Lord!
In that moment of sweet praise, the two calves began nursing mama, as if on cue. I laughed as God moved again. I felt Him say, See, I have provided for you in so many ways. Often, when an animal has twins, the mother rejects one of the two babies, leaving them an orphan. That didn’t happen in this case.
Instead, God reminded me of His presence here by giving me twins using my smallest cow. He then ensured she accepted both and had plenty of nourishment for them. Through it all, I’ve seen no decrease in her body condition score (BCS). What a mighty God we serve.God prefers to use the unlikely things to show His presence in our lives. When no other explanation makes sense, think God. #ThinkGod #GodIsOverAll Click To Tweet
As the calving season ended, there was one cow that did not breed back. It happens from time to time. By God’s gift of twins again this year, Prancer’s bonus calf made up for what would have been a loss. As you may remember, Ms. Diane, without realizing it, named them Tommaso (bull) and Tommasina (heifer), which is Italian for Thomas and the female variant of the name. It was after she named them I pointed out that the name Thomas means “twin”, as they often referred the Apostle Thomas to as “the twin.”We can find blessings in remembering God’s many names. #NamesOfGod Click To Tweet
In thinking about two of the names for God, I received a double dose of blessings. Just enough to right my ship and move me forward through the week with God firmly seated upon the throne of my heart.
God used an old dog, a little cow, and twin calves to remind me of how much He cares and the many ways He blesses me. It’s caused me to look for more blessings that I overlook in the busyness of my life. There is plenty in this world to distract us from seeing and seeking God. I suspect He also gives you prompts now and again as your human spirit attempts to take control of your thoughts and actions. Look for those prompts my friends. You’ll be glad you did.