Preg Checking: Open! Bred! I Ain’t Sure!!

 

Whoever heard of a cow, a woman or anything else being a little pregnant or almost pregnant? While some cows may be what we call ‘short bred’ (in the first trimester of their pregnancy) and others may be ‘heavy bred’ (in their last trimester), both groups are still pregnant. There are only two options: she is pregnant or she is open! Somehow, I always end up with a few “I ain’t sures”, but in the end, they are always, without exception, either pregnant or open.

Pregnancy testing is always something that I both look forward to and dread.   There are always one or two really good young ones that I just do not want to let go because they are open. So instead of doing the pregnancy testing early and culling based on the results as I should have, this year I put it off until closer to breeding time. This way, if the really good one is open, I can more easily rationalize keeping her since we are so close to breeding season.

I find that I am sometimes more comfortable not knowing for sure. It is easier to just assume or hope that she is bred so that I do not have to make the difficult decision to cull a really good cow that did not get pregnant. I know she was in the presence of the bull for an extended period of time and has had every opportunity to be bred, but I notice that she is not ‘uddering up’ (milk has not dropped). She has shown some signs of bulling from time to time since the bull was removed. But, I still find a way to hope for the best, to put off the inevitable. One day, I know in the back of my mind, that I will have to face the issue, but right now I can just enjoy looking at how nice she is, anticipating all the earning potential that she has, and hope that she will be the exception; she will be one of the rare ones that continues to come into heat even though she is pregnant.

You know, this is the same way we often approach other issues in our lives, especially our salvation, our relationship with the Lord, and even our relationships with others. We may know that our relationship with the Lord Jesus is where it needs to be and that we are indeed a Christian living in the center of His will. We may know just the opposite to be true. Or, we may not really know if we are saved or not and are just hoping or assuming that we must be and that everything will work out okay in the end. We often put off making that decision until later, assuming that we will have another opportunity when it will be more convenient or less costly.

The truth is, either we have an intimate personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, have placed our faith in Him for our salvation and we belong to Him and are walking in His ways, or we do not have that relationship, have put our faith in other things to make ourselves acceptable, whether it be works, position, possessions or a good name, and we are still lost in our sins. In the end, we are either a Christian and are saved from our sin and have eternal life, or we are lost in our sin and headed for eternity in a place of suffering called Hell. There is not another sorting pen, another destination, or another condition for the ‘ain’t sures’.

In the cow pens, I can sort them like I want to. I can call them pregnant, call them open, and I can even call them “I ain’t sure”, but the way I sort them does not change what they really are. The same is true with our salvation. No matter what we call ourselves or what others call us, the truth is that only we and God know for sure, but just like the cows, we are one or the other; either saved or lost! There is no middle ground and we cannot be a little saved, almost saved, hopefully saved or just saved enough.

When asked about their relationship with the Lord, so many people respond with remarks such as; “I am not a good Christian, but I am a Christian” or “I know I am not where I need to be, but I am not as bad as I used to be or as bad as someone else I know” or, “Oh yeah, I believe in God, in Jesus and all that stuff“, or “I think I am a good person and I try to treat people right” and perhaps the most deceptive position and response; “Oh, I have been an active member of ______ church all of my life”.  

Very few people tell me or even refer to how they met Jesus, what He has done in their lives and how He has saved them and has transformed and is continuing to transform their lives into something pleasing to Him and useful for His purposes. Few mention how He has forgiven and delivered them from a life of sin and how they now find joy and contentment in His presence, in serving Him and sharing Him with others. Most people try to convince me that they are good people or apologize and/or make excuses for not being so.

With cows, we assume that just because they have been in the presence of the bull and have had one or more intimate experiences with him, that it took and that they conceived. The same is true with people, even those who are in church every Sunday. Just being in His presence, learning about Him and having occasional experiences with Him does not make us a Christian. We have to have a point in time when we experience Him and when by faith and repentance we accept for ourselves what He has to offer us. Just like the vital calf fetus, our experience has to grow and develop into an intimate relationship with Him that changes the way we live, the way we think, the way we treat others, and even the very essence of our being. This living relationship that develops as we walk with Him and spend time with Him and in His Word, will not only transform our lives, but will extend eternal life and hope to others.  

The cattle herd grows when our cows conceive, give birth, nurture the babies as they grow into maturity, and then breed back and repeat the process. Those baby calves grow, breed and raise calves of their own. This process repeats itself year after year and our herd multiplies. Every open cow hinders the process and ends up on the kill floor. The way the church grows is the same way. We have to individually accept Christ’s forgiveness and allow Him to grow us into spiritual maturity. If we are alive and growing spiritually, we will be fruitful and multiply giving spiritual birth to others.

Are you saved or are you lost? The decision is yours. The way is Jesus. The righteous Judge will call it the way it is, not the way you hope it to be.   Accept Him and eternal life today!




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
  • HOPE IN THE PIT
  • 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!
  • THE RICH FAMILY IN CHURCH
  • Where did it go CFCI devotional
  • The Day ‘Tater’ Died
  • Life’s Lessons from the Chicken Yard
  • RESOLUTION OR SOLUTION?
  • Christmas Choices
  • BROKEN CISTERNS
  • 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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