to grow in patience.
I honestly couldn’t believe it.
How did the goat squeezed herself into the rabbit hutch?!
(Don’t worry, our bunny is safe. She was visiting our male rabbit, which is why the cage was empty.)
Over a week ago the goat learned she liked rabbit food.
Our granddaughter loves helping with the animals and since she’s only three we don’t make a big deal if she spills some food trying to feed the bunnies.
Unfortunately, one of the times I was taking the goat and sheep out to graze the goat was able to eat some of the grain spilled on the gravel and has been trying to get more.
She was very difficult to get out to the field this morning.
After about twenty minutes, I realized I couldn’t see her anymore.
After investigating, I knew she’d gone back to the barn.
When I got there, I stopped to take a picture.
This was definitely one of those “seeing is believing” moments
The rabbit feeders are only accessible from the inside so it never occurred to me I needed to worry about the goat getting inside the hutch.
And I facilitated this crazy moment by leaving the door open.
I can look back and realize the Lord had whispered to my heart to close the door.
How I wished I’d listened.
The goat didn’t want to leave the cage and I was more than slightly irritated when I got her out.
Rather than messing with her further, I put her back in her pen and took the sheep out to graze.
The goat will have to make due with the hay.
As I sit here watching the sheep graze, enjoying the soft breeze, and listening to the goat bleat, I’m reflecting.
First, that God uses all things and this is definitely an opportunity for me to stretch.
Second, that I can see my past in the behavior of this four hoofed beast, doing everything wrong in an effort to get what she thinks she needs.
And if I’d just listen to my Master, I’d have been well cared for without all the striving on my part.
Truly, God is patient and kind.
He teaches me to be joyful in everything, trusting that He is working through all things.
James 5:11 NKJV — Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for giving me opportunities to be patient as well. Lord, please teach me what Your plan is for today, that I might not follow my own ways. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for our goat and all the lessons I’m learning through having her. I love You, Lord. Amen.
(Our son just called me and asked, “How do I get the goat off the shelf in barn?” I might have more to share with you later!)