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The Marauding Herd and Mundane Tasks

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  Psalm 42:5 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay. As I stood on the highest hill in the pasture, I saw our cattle herd grazing in our neighbor’s pasture.

With a heavy heart, I drove the old pickup toward Mother’s farm house. As I maneuvered the paths in the pasture, I prayed, telling God I was trusting Him. Our neighbor was “brokering” the fence building and told me not to worry. But much to my dismay, our cattle had stepped over the broken fence between our pastures. The errant bovines foraged where they weren’t supposed to. Even if I could call them back on Mother’s side of the fence, what would prevent them from going back?

I had hauled off old fence posts that morning. Stopping at the area that would soon be mowed for hay, I loaded pruned limbs that had to be taken off. It seemed a misuse of time to haul off discarded branches when our cows were in the wrong place, consuming the neighbor’s grass.

Often, we get in a holding pattern, waiting for something of great consequence to be resolved, yet feeling powerless to impact the situation. Internally, we realize we have necessary obligations with our family, work, and daily living.

Believing a few facts is essential for our peace and uninterrupted worship of our Lord. God is engineering His plan behind the scenes of our situation. Nothing is out of His control. His timing remains impeccable, and He is working all things for our good.

One of the greatest signs of our resting in God’s plan and His working is to do the seemingly commonplace tasks without wringing our hands and worrying. We focus on our Savior, conscientiously and cheerfully doing the repetitive but required routine and leaving what we can’t do to Him.

Do the mundane things of life with the joy of the Lord. 

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Bernadean J. Gates

Bernadean J. Gates, a retired elementary teacher, resides with her mother—a wickedly sharp 92-year-old, on her mother’s farm. Bernadean cares for their small herd of cattle. Her collaboration with her deceased father entitled Okie over Europe—recounting his military experience as a B-17 upper turret gunner, was published just prior to his death in 2015. She has been published in numerous periodicals, a short story anthology, and on her blogsite at https://bernadeanjgates.blogspot.com.


  1. I needed this today! Bernadean , you and your Mom are such true examples of Godly women. You are a blessing to all that know you. Thank you for sharing the words that God gives you to those of us trying to walk closer with our Lord. I need all the encouragement I can get. God bless you!