Sunday, June 12, 2011


by Molly Noble Bull 

                                  Cowboy in South Texas herding cattle. 

The dictionary defines a cattleman as someone who raises cows, bulls and steers, but at one time, the word cattle applied to all domesticated animals, including sheep and goats. By the old definition, Abraham, David and others mentioned in the Bible were cattlemen. So what is it about cattle raising that would cause so many of the old patriarchs to choose it as their livelihood? Nobody knows. But I would like to make a guess. 
Remember the song, Home on the Range?
Give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and antelope play. Can you think of a more peaceful setting? 
Gone are computers, the blaring sounds of a radio or a television set, the maddening scramble to get to school or work on time. Traffic. Horns honking. Brakes squeaking. Schedules. Pickups and drop offs. Meetings and sports events.
No wonder we don’t have time for God.
But if a cattleman is riding his horse across the open prairie with the sky above and the earth beneath or watching a herd of sheep by night, he has time not only to pray but also to listen to God—and expect an answer. In fact the Bible says that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and his saints will return to earth riding white horses, and as a cowgirl of sorts, I like that promise.
In our busy world of today, let us all spend time with God as the cattlemen do. Another song says that there is a place of quite rest and that the place is the heart of God.


Tamela Hancock Murray said...

Your post makes me want to go outside and talk to God. I'm so glad He is everywhere, though -- even by the computer. Nice article. :)

Teresa Slack said...

What a beautiful image you've presented. A good thing to keep in mind as we become immersed in our daily lives.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks for writing, Tamela and Teresa.
Christian parents can raise their children anywhere. But I'm glad we raised all three of ours in the country.

Cecelia said...

Wow! Makes me want to go out to the field with some livestock, throw down a blanket, take a bottle of water and just sit and read my Bible out on the plains!

DenaNetherton said...

I imagine King David as a boy, tending his father's sheep. He had lots of time to think, to meditate, to pray. Perhaps that's what developed in him a heart for God. Away from the distractions of human society, I see him looking heavenward for fellowship.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks Cecelia and Dena for leaving a comment.
Our three sons are all grown up now and married with children of their own, and all three are involved in ranching in Texas today. Not only that, all but our youngest grandchild are involed in 4-H and Future Farmers of America. I have a hunch that the youngest will continue the tradition when she is old enough.
While taking care of crops and cattle, a person has time to spend with the Lord.
Playing video games? Not so much.