Difficult animals

This is our goat.

Because we haven’t gotten the cross fence up, we take her and our lamb out to graze three times a day, sometimes more.

A few weeks ago the goat broke her collar, but she had learned to follow us out to the pasture so we didn’t bother to replace it, thinking it best to wait till she was bigger and could get a permanent collar.

As I sat outside with the sheep and goat, I wasn’t here long when I heard our son calling me.

He was struggling to lead the goat back down.

Then he explained he found her trashing the barn in an effort to get into the grain.

I looked over to check on the sheep.

Yup, she was still doing what we came out here to do.

I had to carefully tie the goat, in such a way as to keep her safe, and sat very near her so to be sure she’d be okay.

Did she go back to eating?

No, she began by knocking over the other chair, then chewed the cord on that chair, chewed my gloves, stuck her nose in my hot cup of tea, tried to sit on my lap…

I took the top picture after I had gotten up to put some distance between us, as I was feeling a bit frustrated with her.

“Why can’t you just eat?! That’s why we are out here?” I asked her.

The Lord reminded me: she’s a goat.

Goat’s are very curious.

They are not content to just eat grass, but need a variety of vegetation.

Brush, dead leaves, black berry bushes, weeds,…

They will even strip the bark off trees.

They are noted for climbing and leaping.

They can be difficult to keep in a fence.

Yet, they are very useful animals; they eat troublesome weeds, produce milk, and can be a source of meat.

Ours is a milk goat and we look forward to having our own milk for making cheese and soap and just for drinking.

The Lord’s reminder to my heart brought me truth.

I have to keep in mind they are just animals and will respond to life in their unique way.

The chickens act like chickens; the sheep like sheep; the goat…like every goat I’ve ever had.

All of this points me back to my Good Shepherd.

I want to behave like a sheep.

Following my Master, filling myself with His Word, listening for His voice.

(Our lamb comes when I call her.)

Not going off by myself, or trying to fill up on things God hasn’t given me, or making a mess because I’m not where I’m supposed to be, ignoring the voice of my Master.

I want to obey and reside in the place the Lord has for me, rather than waste that trying to get something else.

For He has supplied my every need and given the best, most important gift of all.

Psalm 68:19 NKJV — Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this lesson. Please help me to be a follower of You. Show me my stubborn waywardness that I might repent and turn back to You. Lord Jesus, I want to walk in Your ways, resting in Your provision, waiting upon You for all things. Please continue to teach me daily. And Lord, help me to be wise with how we care for these animals You have given us. Thank You for the blessings they bring. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Difficult animals

  1. pastorpete51

    Beautiful little story. We raised goats briefly once and this is such a real picture of them in daily life it made me chuckle! Sheep are not as smart, far dirtier and more vulnerable to attack. What a comfort it is that even though all this is true, that Jesus laid down his life for his sheep. Have a blessed day!

    1. hope Post author

      Thank you for your comment! I’m glad my “moment” yesterday rang true with your experience. I agree, I feel so much awe at the love of our Good Shepherd, Jesus. Thank you for sharing, Pastor! Blessings.

  2. RJ Dawson

    Thanks Hope. I thoroughly enjoyed this. A good read and lesson. Just looking at your goat looking back at the camera makes me laugh. Maybe we can call his escapades “innocent mischief.” The Lord always talked about sheep and goats. I don’t think He has any goats in His flock. We can see the big difference in these two animals as you’ve pointed out. Yet, the Lord made them that way, in part (at least) to teach us. It seems some people are born goats and some are born sheep but everybody must be born again to become spiritual sheep. I really like the way you consistently create teaching and prayer posts of your daily life experiences and include so much of your own photography. With all those animals and work to do and a big loving family you will never run out of things to write about! Blessings

    1. hope Post author

      Thank you, RJ! I completely agree with you. The Bible does say a good deal about sheep and goats and as I’m dealing with our goat, I keep asking the Lord to help me walk as a sheep who remains close to the Shepherd. Definitely agree that we all need to born again to become spiritual sheep. I too laughed when I took the picture and have since then. I’m so glad it worked the same way for you. I’m so blessed to be God’s vessel and be able to share what He is doing in my life on the day-to-day basis. You are right, I’m extremely blessed and it’s humbling to be able to share these things with others. I really appreciate your encouragement. It helps me to remember that my efforts are bringing glory to God. May God in turn fill you as He has used your encouragement to fill me.


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