“Sweet animal faces we grow to love whether pets or livestock. They make the farm a place full of life.”
There is nothing quite as endearing as a baby animal’s face. We love them––from calves to colts, chicks and kittens, puppies and bunnies. It is easy to love a newbie, but what about later when the puppy chews up your tennis shoes which you left out by the porch swing? How about that calf who breaks out of the fence and has to be rescued over and over? The chicks get big enough to peck at you and the kittens get underfoot?
I don’t know if animals have spirits, but I do know they have personalities. That can’t be denied. A dog has to be a right fit for the farm. Every cow is known as troublesome, moody, spirited, fiesty or docile. Soon we get to know each and some we cry over when they leave the farm. Others we are glad to be rid of.
We have had an attack chicken, a dog that barked all night, a cow that thought she was a bull, a horse that lorded it over all the others, a protective motherly cow, a dog that needed constant affection, and a scaredy cat that hid from children. All of them with personalities to know and love.
What sort of people are we? Are we persons who have to have constant care, who are demanding of our families and friends? Are we the caring, tending ones with compassion and empathy? Are we people who are responsible, who can be counted on in a crisis?
Unlike animals we are humans made in God’s image and we have the ability to shape and mold ourselves to be the kind of persons the world wants to have around, to be the types that emulate Christ and grow strong and good. Who are you––the rabbit who nips the hand that feeds it? A good follower? A better leader?
“For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all it contains.Psalm 50:10–12