What I learned from the cows

Don't be intimidated. You can be healed.

Six years ago my husband and I moved from the city to a few acres in the country. A fence 100 yards from the back of our house divides our property from 150 acres of pasture. Once a day cattle come to graze along the fence line. Formerly, when our little schnauzer saw them, she would bark until we let her out. Then she would race to the fence and run up and down, barking loudly at the cows. Immediately, they would stop grazing and high-tail it to more open pasture. After they fled, our little dog would lift her head triumphantly, prancing proudly back to our patio.

But all this changed a short time ago. I was upstairs praying about a skin condition that had not yet been healed, when I heard our dog at the patio door barking. As I went to her, I saw the cows at our fence as usual. A few of them were lying down, while others grazed alongside the fence. I let the dog out and stood there watching. This time, the cows' reaction was different. They just continued what they were doing, completely ignoring the dog, no matter how loudly she barked. After she saw that they weren't fazed, she lowered her head and came back toward the house.

The cows had finally gotten it. In their own way, they must have realized not only that a fence protected them, but that our dog was no threat to them. I'm glad to say the cows weren't the only ones who got it. As I stood there, I suddenly knew for certain that I was protected by God's love and that there is no power stronger than God. The physical problem was healed, and I later realized that unkind thoughts I'd felt toward a co-worker had vanished as well.

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May 22, 2000

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