Well as promised, I will now share with you why I have learned to speak sheep. About a month ago, I looked out the window because I heard a ruckus. And what to my wondering eyes did I see? But two Texas long horn cattle tussling with our two bulls! How did they get here?
So I called around to our neighbors who have cattle, and no one knew. So my husband called the brand inspector, who came out and took pictures of the long horns and their brands. After two weeks he tracked down the owners, who came and got them. I met the lady who owns them in the grocery store on Friday, and she was grateful that we took care of her boys, and said that while they are both sweethearts, they do not like the winters here in the Rockies and their horns were becoming an issue. So she found them a forever home at a ranch in Moab Utah.
Now our Highland all have horns, boys and girls alike. Some of the horns get pretty big, but nothing compared to these long horns. The span was at least 6 feet across!
Our Highlands also come in a variety of colors. We have red, brown, black, dun, brindle and creams colored cattle. Just about the time the long horns showed up, I looked out one morning and saw a little cream colored calf butting heads with another cream colored calf. So when the mama cows came charging in to chase away one of the calves, I grabbed the binoculars for a closer look. Turns out one of the little “calves” was actually a sheep! How did that get here?
The nearest sheep camp is 35 miles away and over two mountain passes. No way that little sheep just walked onto our property. When we asked the brand inspector, he guessed it was dropped off of purpose, or accidentally fell off a trailer while in transport.
We tried to catch it, but that little fellow was too fast and took off running any time we go too close. Well after about a week and a half, the sheep became accepted as part of the herd. He moved when they did, laid down when they did, and grazed when they did. When we moved the herd back in off of the leases, the little sheep came right in along with them.
It makes me happy that this little fellow is not alone, fending for himself, as we have coyotes, bears and mountain lions around us. He is safe and at home.
So when Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep and how the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep behind to find that one lost little lamb, it just warms my heart even more now. And as to speaking sheep, in John 10:27 Jesus says that the sheep know the voice of their shepherd and follow him. Well our new little boy is now recognizing our voices and looks up when we talk to him.
How in awe of God I am that He cares for all of His creation and provides us all with a forever home, when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Shepherd! We are now part of a bigger family, accepted and not alone!
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