We weren’t really sure how this guy ended up in his predicament. Probably licking his feed bucket like it was an empty bowl of ice cream. However it happened, it was hilarious. We took video of him, and I wish I could find it to post here. As he walked around blindly, with the giant, sheep-eating bucket firmly planted on his head, he ran into everything. Thunk. Into the barn wall. Jangle. Into the fence. Crunch. Into the tree. “Baahh! Let me out!” We imagined he said. It was too funny not to watch for a few minutes, though. Our entire family stood, giggling for a bit, before my husband finally walked in and tugged him free of his plastic prison. He was so relieved! And thirsty and happy to be free. I wish you could have seen it!
Isn’t that like us sometimes? Don’t we see something we want and rush in without thinking of the consequences? Or, if we think of them, we reason the chances of problems are pretty slim. I’m sure that’s what our ram thought, too. He’d eaten from that bucket every day for years. Why not just put his head all the way in? Well, that didn’t work out so well.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen my goal and gone for it without stopping to pray. Simple things sometimes like buying groceries, or big things like purchasing a new car. Without praying, I run the risk of doing something against what God has in mind for me. Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” It is so much easier to avoid unnecessary trouble when I remember to pray before I take a step. Or stick my head in a bucket.
I will see you next week with a second installment of Farm Life from the Farmer’s Wife. I hope you enjoyed this first one and maybe even laughed a little. Life on the farm is a lot of hard work, but there is much joy in it too. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter for important updates and special giveaways. We are getting so close to the release of Callum’s Compass! There will be a lot of big news I’d love to share with you in the next weeks!