Have you ever been keenly aware of the Divine Hand of God leading you in some way?
In a final tribute to our farm theme, the Lord worked a little of His wonder for us at our local County Livestock show last week.
See this beauty?
This is Rosie. (Short for Rosalita.) And she was used in a lovely way in our lives.
Would you think God would really use a pig?
Well, wonder no more, He did! Let me tell you about it.
In preparation for the much talked-about chicken show in the Spring, we attended our local county 4H Livestock Show. We watched and learned from the seasoned professionals, exactly how to enter the show ring, hold our (hopefully) prize-winning chicken, answer the judge’s questions and win or lose graciously. The children competing were really something to see.
During the “Turkey Show,” one young lady caught our eye. She had one of the smallest turkeys, walked with a surgical boot on her foot and smiled like she was having the best time of her life. Her attitude was wonderful to behold. And believe it or not, her turkey seemed to love her! We chose her as the “Best of Show” among ourselves simply for her attitude, even though she was eliminated at the very beginning.
The next day, we returned to see what was going on at the barn.
Now, if you’ve never been to a “pig show” before, you have missed a cultural experience. I was among the ranks of the uninitiated until last week.
First, the contestants (which are the children, not the pigs) line up outside of the “show ring.” There they are with their big ole, freshly manicured pigs, (some of them quite irritated – the pigs and the kids) and equally large belt buckles (if they were successful in last year’s show). The judge gives the signal, and in they come. Have you ever “driven” a pig? Me either. These kids did it. They swatted back sides, poked, kneed, clucked, and prodded their bovines, all the while trying to maintain eye contact with the stone-faced judge in the center of the ring. Wow! Talk about pressure! These kids were great! (Mostly.) It was definitely something everyone should experience once in their lifetime!
When we arrived, our boot-footed, turkey friend from yesterday was in the ring. Of course we were rooting for her again today. (No pun intended). After the show, (she lost again, by the way), we were walking through the holding pens looking at the animals. Who do you think we found sitting on the ground in the pen with her pig’s head in her lap? Yep. Our turkey lady! No wonder her turkey loved her, if she raised it like she did the pig. We chatted with her and her parents for a while and then moved on.
Later that evening, we were scheduled to attend a local gathering to sell cupcakes. We walked to our pre-assigned tent and guess who was sitting in the neighboring tent with her unbooted, swollen foot propped up? The turkey/pig lady … with her Mom!
Have you ever had what is commonly called a “Divine Appointment” in your life?
This was one of those for us. We began talking about the Lord and sharing with each other. They were out at the gathering with their church group, witnessing to folks. Their youth group leader was there too, who has spent several summers in East Africa. We talked like old friends the rest of the night. By the time we left, we all knew the Lord had ordered our steps to allow us to meet one another. How wonderful!
I love the reality of Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths”
“All thy ways” includes pig shows, folks.
So to finish off our tribute to farm life, this week’s book link is going to Animal Farm: Anniversary Edition by George Orwell.
Our favorite quote from this book?
“All pigs are created equal. Just some more equal than others.”
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