Sunday, May 25, 2014

Who Owns These Cows?

I grinned (a really, really wide grin) today when I looked out and saw the cattle on the right side of the fence. (You can click on the photo to see that those 'spots' really are cows!

Because fencing is about the least favourite chore around here, the Cowboy just put up a solar powered electric system to keep the cows back from the “barely hanging on” contraption we call a fence. 

But glory be, we now have a new Cow Boss (aka our son) and while he doesn’t totally love fencing, he likes it more than chasing ornery cows. 

The huge bonus for me is the ever-growing pile of old cedar fence posts that the Cow Boss brings back to my woodpile. 

It was Wilf Carter who put these posts in – a long, long time ago.  They don’t owe us anything.   

I'm going to enjoy this cedar next winter.  It's the best kindling for my woodstove.

AND,  I’ll have plenty for a craft project I have planned, too. 

Now, back to the cows:  Looking out on this herd happily munching on the wonderful new green growth,

I remembered a line from a chorus we sang when we were kids:  
“He owns the cattle on a thousand hills…” 

I just had to look it up – it’s Psalm 50:10. 
"For every beast of the forest is mine,
and the cattle upon a thousand hills."
Once again, I am reminded that everything belongs to God.

I often say that we don’t really ‘own’ the land; we just borrow it for the time we're here and then leave it for someone else to work.  Everything we say we ‘own’ really belongs to God.  He gives and He takes away.  

Some 35 years ago, my friend, Val, helped change my perspective on ‘stuff’.   “It’s all gonna burn anyway,” she told me.   

 Yikes – that might sound harsh, but if you are a believer, prophesy indicates that this world and everything in it will someday burn up.   

I don’t want to be too attached to things that are destined for the burn pit.  How about you?

In the meanwhile, I've decided not to share this blog entry with the Cow Boss.  Pretty sure he'd have some crack about, 'whoever owns the cows is responsible for the fencing!'