Ask and You Shall Receive

So I asked my friends, Jeannie and Ray at Church this morning; “How is the cow” They replied; “She’s doing great, thank God”.

You see the story began on my Facebook page just days ago where Jeanie recounted the story of the their cow who had suffered a serious injury to the foot or leg. There was no apparent reason for her constant bellowing and limping and thrashing about. On closer investigation it was revealed that she had stepped on a large nail that had lodged deeply into her foot between the toes of her hoof.

It was apparent that there would be little way of addressing the problem by just walking up and taking it out. In a brief period she had become more radically agitated to the point that there was no touching her. It was finally removed, and simply enough.

At church Jeannie said;” I’ll let Ray tell you the story; It is a God thing”.
Ray, a strapping big guy, said;” I had managed to catch her with a rope over her neck. She struggled and pulled away. Again, I managed to loop the rope around a tree, but I could hardly stabilize her.. Then I thought of catching a leg with another loop and I tied it off. There she was standing, glaring at me. I was no way near confidant that I could approach her without getting trampled as she was then bucking like a horse. I looked up beseechingly for help; praying; ” God help me I cannot do this on my own.”

“Within that very second the cow jumped up, flipped and landed on her back; all four legs pointed at the sky. I simply walked over with my pliers and pulled the nail out. The girl just got up as I slipped off the rope and headed for the barn where dinner was waiting. Surely God had not given up on creations since Noah! He had not given up answering my prayers!”

We can all smile and picture the whole episode. As Christians we can believe that prayer really often works in the most bizarre situations. However, can we not just take things a step beyond with the inquiry? “Just when did God step in? Was it just in response to prayer or does he often act preemptively more than we know. As in the seed He planted when he gave Ray the good sense to tie off the critter to begin with. I would not take issue ever with God getting credit for all things good in answer to prayer, We all love the drama of the “miracle”, but I caution us to count the many times when he has intervened and made us part of the solution to life’s trials. We may have to take the first steps.

God is ahead of us so many ways on so many days. He teaches us that our confidence in His part, in every credited miracle, large or small, may be established well before the big event: call them what you may, they are all “God things”.

How much have we all received before we asked?

About 4hispraise

I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.

4 Responses to Ask and You Shall Receive

  1. A great illustration with several points worth considering.
    I am sure God works in our lives, for our good, in many ways of which we are not aware. I often wonder what might have happened had I not suddenly changed my mind about what I was doing, or more likely where I was going.

    He goes before us and no doubt He sometimes causes us to change direction.

    We serve an incredibly amazing God!

  2. mtsweat says:

    A fantastic illustration of many angles you offer. I have a feeling if we’d but just stop and “count our many blessings, naming them one by one,” we would run out of life long before a day’s worth were spoken. The next traffic light that delays our journey may very well be the miraculous avoidance of a crash. But then, I suppose crashes can be miracles too can’t they friend?

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  4. ptl2010 says:

    This speaks surely of experiencing God in our day to day living. It is just wonderful to experience Him and to recognise Him as He leads us each step of the way in humour, fearful terrain and joy. – for ourselves and the animals too. Praise the Lord! In everything we give thanks.

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