I was driving back from work a while ago on the same roads I always drive, the same time I usually drive them, and looking at the same scenery I always see.
But this time, I noted that in this beautiful field on the right-hand side of my car, there were cows. I had never noticed this group of cattle before nor had I noticed how seemingly absurd the thoughts and actions of a cow could be. There was a group of cattle, with their heads through the barbed wire fence that contained them, eating the grass positioned at the side of the road.
I have heard of cows doing this and it always has me baffled. However, I never had seen a whole group of them doing this before! It was then that I attempted to think like a cow. For the rest of the drive, I wondered what made that grass so appealing that all of the cattle felt the urge to ignore the large acreage of grass offered to them for that little bit of tasty delicacy.
Then, in an odd form of spiritual epiphany, I thought to myself.
“I am a cow.”
No, I do not say, “moo,” and I do not eat that much…
Well, maybe I do overindulge sometimes, but that is beside the point.
I am such a spiritual cow. God has abundantly blessed me and provided me with everything needed for spiritual sustenance, yet there are moments when I find myself yearning for the grass on the other side of the fence (Romans 7:15).
That being the things of the world, my own flesh, and vain wisdom of men. I felt the Holy Spirit begging this question deep within my soul-
“How can you judge those cows?”
This experience was a call back to a strict diet and caloric regiment consisting only of God’s Word and the seasonings of edification by His Church (Ephesians 4:29; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
This brings me to my closing remarks. What in your life are you sticking your head through the fence for? Through a quick or tasking introspection, I believe all believers can easily find their shortcomings. To them, I plead for you not to dwell on them (Romans 8:1)!
Simply, pull yourself to the pasture of God’s Word and grow in that which He has given to you. He has purchased you with a mighty cost and that which He has purchased for so much, He would not allow you to starve (1 Corinthians 6:20).
So grab a Bible and eat up! That which is on the other side of the fence is not for you!