by Barbara Latta
Cows know how to rest. Living in a rural area, I have plenty of opportunities to pass fields full of cattle. One thing I have noticed is that cows are either lying down chewing their cud or they are standing up with their noses in the grass grabbing more food with their teeth.
They are not distracted by passing cars or planes overhead. They don’t care if the wind blows or rain pours down upon their backs. They continue feeding on the nourishment of the land because feeding is the most important aspect of their lives. They rest in the middle of the chaos going on around them.
|We can learn from the cattle in the field|
We are bombarded night and day with negative information pouring down upon us like the rain that hits the back of the cattle in the fields. Distractions pass us on the highway of daily living and the winds of terror blow against our faith when fearful events occur.
How can we keep our thoughts from straying into the waves of doubt and negativity with so much evil around us?
We can learn from the cattle in the fields.
When the cows chew grass they swallow it and then later regurgitate it to chew it again. This is what we call chewing their cud. They lie down in the cool shade and again chew the grass they ingested earlier. This sounds gross to us humans, but it is the way the animals get all the nutrients from their food.
God’s Word is our food. Sometimes we skim over it in a hurried reading as if the text is only a snack. Snacks don’t contain a lot of vitamins. But to retain all the spiritual nourishment the Word offers, we need to meditate on what our heavenly Father is saying to us.
The Hebrew word for meditate is hagah which means to murmur, mutter or growl. Murmuring the content of what we read over and over to ourselves is how we “chew our cud” and get all the benefit to our souls.
|Ingesting God's Word keeps our focus on Him and we won't be distracted|
by the world.
To combat the aspects of the world we live in we need to focus on our nourishment like the cows do, as if feeding is the most important aspect of our lives. Because really it is. We do this by ingesting God’s Word and keeping our focus on our food so we won’t be distracted by the things of the world.
Daily partaking of food nourishes our body. Unless we are fasting, we make eating our meals a priority of each day. God’s Word nourishes our soul and when we make this more important than anything else, we can combat the evil, negative and fearful enemies that invade our thinking and tempt attitudes.
Learning from cattle can show us how to rest in the middle of chaos and keep our minds focused on the nourishment of life.
What’s your favorite cud to chew? Share your thoughts.