It's Almost Time

It’s Almost Time


            This first calf heifer had been in labor long enough that we now had to decide whether or not to intervene and assist her in the process of delivering her first calf. Jack first spotted her about four hours ago walking around sniffing the ground with her tail up looking for the perfect place to lie down. (I have always wondered just what a cow smells for that helps them determine just where they want to lie down and push during labor. They will walk and smell, walk and smell, until they find that perfect spot. They will continue to do that until they finally deliver. I will save that discussion for another time, but if anyone knows the answer to that question, please let me know).

            All that was visible when Jack first spotted this soon to be new mama was a little bit of her water bag protruding. We had just pulled a calf the day before because the water bag never broke and the heifer could not deliver the water and the calf. Once we broke her water (which was a lot of fluid), the calf was easily delivered. Now this heifer is mimicking the other heifer. Surely we would not have that problem twice in two days.

            We had watched and waited with the headlights and/or flashlights for the last couple of hours, but she just was not making any visible progress, so we decided to just leave her alone, go home, get some supper and come back to check her in an hour or so. If she was not progressing by then, we would help her.

            As I approached her an hour or so later, it was obvious she was now in hard labor and not really concerned about me or anything else except the pain and pressure she was experiencing. As I made my way around the barn so that I could see what I needed to see without getting too close, I finally spotted the two white front hooves that I was longing to see. My brother Steve who lives in KY was on the phone getting a play by play on her progress.

In just a few more minutes, I saw more movement and my flashlight caught a reflection of the baby’s eye—now I knew the head had made it out, which can often be a problem in itself. All that remained to finish the process was to deliver the hips. Once the feet and head have cleared, unless there is a problem with the hips of the calf, the next push or two will usually send the calf sliding on out into the cool of the night. I told Steve, “It won’t be long now. I can see the calf’s eye blinking in the light, so I know it is alive for now. If the hips will just clear, I can call it a night knowing that both mama and baby are fine”. Just as I said that, I saw the heifer make one last push and out came the calf! As it picked up its head I saw the beautiful blazed face calf that we had been waiting for.

For an experienced cattleman, it is not difficult to spot a cow going into labor. If you know what to look for, the signs of labor are obvious, even in the very early stages.

The same is true for those who are trained by the Word of God and who looking for the return of Jesus. Just as the signs of labor are obvious in the heifer, so are the signs of return of Jesus just as obvious to those who are looking and awaiting His return. All you have to do is look at the prophecies in the Word of God and the signs of what is going on in the world, the Church, the cultures, the schools, the governments, the environment and the lives of people, and you know it will not be long.

If the return of Jesus is indeed near, and if He will rule and judge the world when He comes, what am I to do? What are you to do? I heard a song on the radio this week that I have never heard before, but that I thought provided a pretty good answer to this question. Here are the lyrics the best I could determine:  


“Time is winding down just look around us,
Evil's breaking loose on every side
The devil knows his time is almost over
Soon the clock will stop and Jesus Christ will split the skies. So shout it from the rooftops, proclaim it in the streets,
Tell your friends and neighbors, tell everyone you meet
We all need a Savior but we're running out of time
He's coming back at midnight and it's 11:59. God's prepared a place for all his children,
Free from fear and doubt and tears and pain
But we must choose our destination
There's just one way to heaven, and Jesus is his name So shout it from the rooftops, proclaim it in the streets,
Tell your friends and neighbors, tell everyone you meet
We all need a Savior but we're running out of time
He's coming back at midnight and it's 11:59. And the rocking of the father he'll soon stand to his feet
And hear "Son go get my children and bring them all to me." So shout it from the rooftops, proclaim it in the streets,
Tell your friends and neighbors, tell everyone you meet
We all need a Savior but we're running out of time
He's coming back at's 11:59. SPOKEN: over musical interlude....
He's coming for a bride that is spotless and is pure
washed in the blood and ready to go
Time is running's almost time to go.”


If you are not ready, I pray you will get ready by confessing and turning away from your sin and placing your faith in the shed blood of Jesus for your salvation. If you are personally ready to meet Him, please sound the alarm and tell everyone you see. We are running out of time—He’s Coming Back at Midnight and It’s 11:59!


Devotions by Year

  • Even Bulls Can Learn To Get Along
  • Changed Minds
  • Today is the Day
  • Sometimes We See What's Not There
  • Why Do You Farm?
  • Misplaced Aggression
  • Feasting On Filler
  • 'Get Some Rest': Not As Easy As It Sounds
  • Lessons From Freddy
  • Just Tired and Reflecting
  • Safe Pasture
  • Sin: Just Like Fall Army Worms
  • Blood Cleanses
  • Just Cute Little Harmless Pups
  • Life: A Series of Pipping
  • Just Because He Loves Us!
  • No Excuses!
  • Oh! Now You Tell Me!
  • Live Like You Were Dying
  • But You Didn't Tell Me!
  • Time to Choose
  • A Gift for the Man Who Has Everything and Realizes That He Really Has Nothing
  • Celebrate the Harvest
  • Falling Stars
  • Easier To Lead Than To Drive
  • Weeds, Weeds, Weeds!
  • Grace Is Like Grits
  • We Can’t Do It ‘Ourselves’!
  • I Wouldn’t Make a Good Cowboy
  • What Are We Thinking?
  • Your Walk Talks
  • Activity is No Substitute for Reproduction
  • Who Would Have Ever Thought It?
  • Thankful for Boundaries
  • Cover It Up Or Fix The Problem?
  • What Will Your Legacy Be?
  • I Wish I Had Been There! I Wish I Had Not Forgotten!
  • If God Can Use a Dove....?
  • Hope In The Midst Of Hopelessness
  • I Don't Know You!
  • Like A Straddled Squirrel
  • Sounding the Alarm: This Is Not a Test!
  • Don’t Let The Urgent Keep You From The Most Important
  • We Never Know Who We Have In The Basket
  • Uh Oh--Jesus' Got Toothpaste On His Head!
  • A Moment of Silence is like Preg Checking a Bull
  • A Chicken's Right to Choose
  • Got to Leave Right Now! What Do I Take With Me?
  • He is Able—But if He Does Not!
  • Declarations of Independence: Properity or Destruction?
  • Blackie: One In A Hundred-In More Ways Than One
  • Who Is Holding On The Tightest?
  • That Must Have Been 20 Years Ago!
  • It's Almost Time
  • Keeping Me Awake At Night
  • Better Be Dressed
  • CHRISTMAS My Favorite Time of the Year
  • A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Hope
  • Bush Hogging During a Severe Drought?
  • When the Heart Dies—the Whole Body Dies With It
  • Depopulate and Eradicate (or) Expiate and Propitiate
  • If I Could Only Say One Thing and Had One Last Chance to Say It
  • Go Ahead and Jump Son—Daddy Will Catch You
  • The Final Dispersal
  • Chicken Piping—He Sees Them All
  • “Takes the Teeth Out”
  • Making It Harder Than It Is
  • Why Was He Born?
  • What to do when you don’t know what to do
  • A Dry And Thirsty Land Where No Water Is
  • If Only These People Will Change
  • Go Fishing—You Never Know What You Might Catch
  • Some Droughts are Preventable
  • Celebrating ‘True Freedom’
  • Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Victory Through Surrender
  • Responding Like a Sick Calf?
  • Our Life’s Investment: A Time for Reflection
  • Preg Checking: Open! Bred! I Ain’t Sure!!
  • Confidence To Face The New Year
  • Two Virgins and a Baby—The Irony and the Gift of Christmas
  • Precious Moments in the Calving Pasture
  • Working On a Building
  • What is the Foundation of Your Faith?
  • To Walk on Water—You Have to Step Out of the Boat
  • Only One Life to Live
  • The Uniqueness of a Mother’s Love
  • A Prayer That God Will Always Answer
  • Lessons from a Boar
  • When You Have Done All You Can Do to Stand: Stand Firm
  • Lowing in the Distance
  • Not My Dirty Feet!
  • Where did it go CFCI devotional
  • The Day ‘Tater’ Died
  • Life’s Lessons from the Chicken Yard
  • Christmas Choices
  • Experiencing God in the Calving Pasture
  • FAMILY: On and Off the Farm
  • Unity is More Than Important—It is Absolutely Essential
  • God, I’m not ______________. I AM!
  • The Rod and the Staff
  • The Good Shepherd Leads the Way
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Blessed to be a Blessing
  • Mama Should Have Named Me Martha
  • FENCES: On the Farm & In Our Lives
  • The Harvest Depends on the Heart
  • The Gospel & Our Response to God's Grace
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