Daily Devotional March 13, 2023

Rerun of Daily Devotional March 25, 2019

Saturday, I took our bull to the vet clinic to be fertility tested.  When I pulled up to the cattle pens, I saw Dr. Wright trying to load an angry cow and her calf into a trailer.  He was not winning.

Whenever the cow would get close to the trailer, she would suddenly spin around and rush in the other direction, which meant Dr. Wright would have to quickly climb the pipe railing so he wouldn’t get trampled.   To make matters worse, the owner of the cow was trying to help.  It was clear he didn’t know what he was doing.

As I watched Dr. Wright run back and forth over and over again, I remembered he had served in the 25th Infantry Division prior to going to A&M to become a veterinarian.  I served in the 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment.  The difference in how we would handle this problem was very clear.

Because Dr. Wright served in the infantry, he would run back and forth all day long, if that’s what it took to get that cow loaded.  Failure was not an option.

On the other hand, because I served in the cavalry, I’d have just called in an airstrike and bought another cow.

The point to this rambling devotional is that Dr. Wright showed an infinite amount of patience with an obstinate cow and calf, the owner, who was more of a hindrance than a help, and the vet tech who was smart enough not to get too involved.   I was very impressed.

Today you may not have to load a stubborn cow into a trailer, but more than likely, you will face something that will try your patience.  Don’t lose it.  Whatever the situation, work through the challenge one step at a time and resolve the issue.  Losing your patience will only exacerbate the situation.  

In explaining love to the church in Corinth, Paul said, “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.”  (1 Corinthians 13:4)

If we are going to be people of love, then we are people of patience.  

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I am tempted to lose my temper, give me patience, clarity, and wisdom.  I want my life to please you.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Whatever this day brings, be patient.  You won’t regret it.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins


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