I took this photo as we sped down the highway so there is a bit of blur, but I love the newly green grass and the frolicking calf. Doesn’t it just ooze springtime-ishness?
On our trip home from Tennessee yesterday, Ken told the girls about a game he used to play on road trips: you count the cows you see on your side of the road, and whoever has the most wins. BUT if you pass one of those free-standing chimneys where a house once was, you lose all your cows. That happened to Kathryn after she had 176 cows, and she was not a happy camper. Of course, those cows were never really hers to lose in the first place.
That made me think of this verse:
“I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,
for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.”
Just this week, while we were doing nothing more than enjoying a family vacation, God was busy working out the details of some financial issues in our lives. One thing after another just kept showing us that He is taking care of things. We’ve said for years now that God must be doing our book-keeping, because there are plenty of times that things just shouldn’t add up on paper, but somehow they do. It’s been even more evident since we finally began tithing several years ago. God doesn’t need the money we tithe; it is simply a way we are demonstrating obedience and acknowledging that He truly does own everything — our home, car, clothes… and the cattle on a thousand hills. It’s when we forget this that it becomes so easy to fret about finances.
This isn’t just about money, though; this translates to absolutely everything in our lives. I have to keep re-learning this truth: God is in control. Period. And I am so glad He is.