Dark Water Ranch

  (Ninnekah, Oklahoma)
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The Egg Basket

We a have lot of laying hens and it is my job to gather the eggs everyday. I have a little wicker basket that I put the eggs in as I gather them. Now, some days I will get as many as 3 dozen- but other days, especially in this heat, I may be lucky to get just a dozen.

Now, taking the time to count the eggs in the basket has taught me a wise lesson. My life is a lot like this basket of eggs. You see, God gives me gifts every day of my life but it is up to me what I do with them.

Sometimes, I take the eggs to a little store and sell them there. Othertimes I keep some to cook with, still other days I just put them in the icebox and forget them. However, a few days later I might take these same eggs back out of the icebox and cook a real nice meal, or find someone in need and give them a dozen. No matter,  which way I choose I am doing something with the eggs that I have been provided.

However, if I was lazy and didn’t gather the eggs or I just plain ignored the fact that the nest had eggs in them, it wouldn’t take long to have a real mess. To many eggs in a nest and chickens tend to break them, snakes and other scavenger are attracted to full nests and then other bad things happen because of that. Or the worst thing in this heat that would happen is I would have exploded, rotten egg everywhere and that is just plain nasty!

The gifts that God gives us are a lot like my basket eggs if I use them and share them that is the best thing that I can do. But if I leave them untouched they serve no purpose and in my ignorance what once was a good thing is no longer that way.

Let’s hope each of uses our eggs wisely, choosing the best ways possible to  make something good from them.


Just Be Still

I am a shepherd of sorts, because I take care of a small herd of goats. These goats teach me a lot of things, usually things I’d rather not realize about myself. Jesus is my shepherd and often times I can compare things in my life to the relationship that I as shepherd have with these goats. Yesterday was no exception!

Goats always think that things have to taste better on the other side of the fence. After all, surely the things on the other side must be better than what they have so readily accessible on their own side of the fence. It is not uncommon for them to just about anything to get to what they think must be where they should not be. Well yesterday, when I was out in the pasture I heard a faint cry, and looking around I noticed that there was a young kid missing from amongst the herd. A little searching and I found her; she had stuck her head through the field's fence to grab a quick bite of something on the other side. However, her horns trapped her and would not let her slide her head back out of the gap with the same ease it went in.

It should have been easy for me to help her get her head back out of the fence. However, as I reached down to help she began to struggle and fight trying to free herself. This made the whole situation worse. It was about this time I could hear the scripture “ Be still, and know that I am God:” Psalm 46:10. I knew I needed to take a lesson from my little trapped friend. You see, I am not much different than that goat. In the midst of many problems in my life I cry out for God to come save me, yet when I am safely in his hand I still struggle. I can’t just let God do his thing - I have to try handle the situation.

Just like that goat I throw a bigger fit when I am much safer than I was before. I need to stay calm and let God deal with the problem. If the goat would just relax, she would be out of the fence and it would be over with. I need to learn this lesson also: not to fret, worry and ponder over how I am going take care of whatever my anxiety is. I must remember Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Finally the goat stopped struggling and I popped her head right out and she ran off to rejoin the herd. It was a matter of faith for her to stop and let me do the hard work; the hardest step of all is often the easiest. I must remember Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"

 No, there is nothing that God cannot take care of for me. I must choose to be still.

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