This post was written Spring 2018
Each new milestone is stretching me. I might stretch, kicking and screaming, but I’m stretching and learning.
This last rain storm, although desired greatly and so much gratitude offered for it, brought added challenges to my life.
A trusty 4 wheeler was not so trustworthy. My last option pickup died. The fields and pastures were so saturated I couldn’t get in without the 4 wheeler, which left me on foot chasing cows in the pouring rain.
It’s just about impossible to get cows to go where you want (especially if they’re not really inclined) with one person on foot. There’s not enough speed or endurance to get that accomplished. I was cold, wet and angry.
After an hour in the pouring rain, having the cows scatter right in front of the gate, and having used up all my ideas and strength, I finally called for help.
Thank God for good neighbors!
Neighbors that will call you if they see cows out. Neighbors who will look out for you if they see something amiss. Neighbors who will show up just at the right time, when you’re at your worst, and help.
Each spring brings new challenges and new things to learn.
This year it’s been tagging calves on my own and dealing with wayward cows in less than ideal circumstances. At times I’ve felt stretched. Stretched like when you are working out and you don’t think you can do one more rep. Stretched like when you have a huge college final in the morning, you’re exhausted and don’t feel at all prepared. Stretched like “there’s no way I can do this” but you don’t give up and somehow it all works out!
I know next spring will bring new “stretching” milestones, but I’ll be better prepared for them because I got through this year’s challenges!
I’m reminded of these verses:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
During those moments of stretch, it’s not all on me! I can rely on One, Who has enough strength, Who has enough endurance, and will get me through the most challenging of times!