Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Sheep in Mule's Clothing

The month of September has been unlike any other time in my life! We've been manning a booth at a couple of fairs, and lemme tell ya, it's been quite the experience! We finished the first fair late Monday night and started the second fair yesterday, and although I have several ideas I'm itching to write up, I just have not had the time. I've been jotting notes down though, so I'll get them written eventually. I have no idea what this week will hold for me, so I'm being flexible...and working fast in the moments I have. LoL

For me, the fair means animals. I loooove walking through the barns and talking to, and petting, the horses...and seeing the cows and... Well, you get the idea. So, since I had to pick a rerun for today's post, I went for one of my favorites...

Not too far from my house a man has a pair of mules and they're fun to see as we zoom past on our way to town. We've seen them scratching each other's backs, whispering sweet nothings in each other's ears and even just resting companionably in the sunshine.

This time past I noticed one was lying down resting and the other was nearby grazing, and I saw the evidence of their consistency. Where they lie down is worn down to bare dirt in an almost perfect circle, but beyond that circle all is green. I really wanted to stop and scratch their ears and tell them that if they would move their resting area over just ten feet they'd have nice soft, green grass to lie on. Do you think they'd listen to me and move? No, probably not. In that I'm just like those mules. I'm so stuck in my rut that I don't want to move even just a few feet to a nicer place.

God has provided me, and has offered me, a beautiful place to rest, but I stubbornly insist on staying in the same place I've aways been. I have a lot of mule in me and it's not how God meant me to be. He has green pastures and still waters for me, not just a small, hard packed circle of dirt. Maybe it's time for me to stop acting like a mule and remember that I'm a sheep listening to my Shepherd's voice and enjoy the good He has for me.


“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.”
~Psalm 23:1-3 (NASB)


Maybe tomorrow I'll post a pic or two of our fair experiences but in the meantime, don't forget about the giveaways currently going on here at Patterings! Candy Arrington is giving away a copy of When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for This Season of Life and Terry Brennan is giving away a copy of The Sacred Cipher.
Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the book drawings.

1 comment:

  1. Just saw this, Patty and let me say... it was awesome! Totally "got it!" How many times does God give us a better plan, and we're so stubborn that we stay right where we are? I'm guilty! God has such better plans for us if we'll only listen. Thanks for that message!

    Hugz!
    ;]

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