Contented Cows

By on April 27, 2012

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5

Have you ever watched dairy cows grazing in a field? Just picture it – a sunny day, buttercups dotting the green fields, a blue sky with just a few white clouds….ah….yes…how serene. And the cows, well, they mosey around, eating whatever they’d like – not a care in the world. In that moment, wouldn’t you just love to know what it’s like to live in a world that is just like that field? Oh, I would. To be content, just appreciating the blessings right in front of me. Enjoying the provisions of today, and not giving even the slightest thought of what tomorrow may or may not bring.

If I truly listen to God’s word, and put it into practice, I can indeed experience that kind of contentment. It’s true

But for your and me, contentment sometimes takes work.

What?!

Yes, work.

Look out your window, and try to clear you mind of all the angst you’ve got floating around in that noggin. Not that easy, huh. I regularly walk around, and even lay in bed at night, with steam coming out of my ears from all of the worries I have buzzing around in there. When you look out that window, what do you see? Do you see a bird? You know – like the sparrow that Jesus told us about, and how much more we are loved than even that sparrow. Do you see flowers? Like the lilies that Jesus said don’t labor or spin to get their beautiful “clothes”. Is it raining? Like the rain that produces crops, like God’s word tells us. Can you recognize the things in God’s creation that are evidence of his love for us? Can you enjoy those things, even if only for a moment? And when you allow yourself to actually breathe, and take in that beauty, sit back and try to truly appreciate those things. Be content in those things. Tell God about it. Ask Him to let you see other things in your world through those same appreciative, contented eyes. Ask Him to let you learn to see His handiwork in even your greatest challenges. You’ll be amazed at what a little contentment can do.

Lord, forgive me for taking so many things in your creation and in my own little world for granted. Thank you for blessing me with things I’ve never even appreciated. Thank you for telling me over and over that you’ll never leave me or forsake me…because I need you always, and especially now. Bless me with your peace, so that I can cast all worry about of my mind, and so that I can learn to be content, and in the moment. I ask for your blessings in my life and the lives of those who love you – grant them, and me, the desires of our hearts. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Originally posted ProChristianWoman.

About Connie Dudley

Connie Dudley is new to blogging. She is an attorney by trade, but has always wanted to write, and write in a way that brings a little joy (and salt and light) into the lives of her readers. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Robert, who is a recent cancer survivor - an experience which has changed her life.

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Contented Cows