Monday, April 19, 2010

Stay in the Herd

Ten black cows snoozed in a lush green field. A few feet away one cow slept all alone causing questions to rattle around in my head:

“Was there some cow drama going on?”
“Was the little cow cast out of the group or was she just taking a much needed break from everyone?”
“Was she just a ‘loner’ cow that didn’t quite fit in?”

The ‘mom’ in me wanted to know why the little cow was not peacefully slumbering with the rest of the herd. I hated the idea of this little cow being all alone!

I ran several scenarios in my head that could have caused the separation and found that each situation was a scene from my own life: The teenage drama that would hang heavy like a dark cloud over a sunny day; the constant chatter that I would find myself wanting to escape from; the hard reality of not fitting in with the group you longed to be a part of. Geez, no wonder the cow wanted to mooove out of the herd!!

On the other hand, Jesus would leave the ‘herd’ to be still before God and pray. He needed time alone to reflect on all God had been doing and allow God to prepare Him for what still needed to be done. Jesus knew leaving the group so that God could whisper to His spirit would be beneficial for everyone but He was always certain to rejoin His friends when He was done.

God created us with the herd mentality, we’re just better together! Are you currently part of a herd? Or are you sitting just a few feet away by yourself? Have you realized that the herd you’ve been hanging with may not be right for you? It’s important to spend time alone with God, but He also wants to love you through others…and that’s no BULL!

Be blessed,

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


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