In the fall of 2016, my wife and I moved to rural Tennessee to help my father and stepmother on their farm. So with no experience in farming or livestock, we faced a huge learning curve. We’d never driven a tractor, herded cattle, or helped birth a calf.
The first year we tried doing something to the farm, but we soon realized the farm was doing things to us. We had no idea the cows would take us under their wings and teach us how to care for them, and whether you’re a farmer or just a lover of cows, this book of devotionals will speak life to you. For Cows have much to teach us about life and the gospel.
The Gospel According to Cows contains 60 devotionals that will teach you about cows, God and country. Each devotional begins with a topic on the secret lives of cows and ends with a quote from Spurgeon or a late-great pilgrim father, creating a hybrid text that will instruct you about cows and the gospel according to cows. The result is a power packed devotional that will lead the reader to the heart of God.
Here are some of the topics found in The Gospel According to Cows: (Look below for sample chapter)
- Can Cows See in the Dark?
- Eyes in the Side of Their Heads
- Having Cow Eyes
- The Flight Zone
- Keeping a Way of Escape
- Know Thy Cattle
- What Keeps a Cow Warm?
- Grace is Like a Salt Block
- Cows Ruminate, People Contemplate
- Supplementing a Cow’s Energy
- Away from the Herd
- Shoo Fly
- A Good Pond
- Too Much Farm Work Wearies the Soul
- When God Seems Against the Farmer
- God Gave You a Farm, Not a Perfect Plan
- When Farming is a Thankless Job
- Circling Buzzards
- What an Ant Can Teach a Farmer
- God’s Promise to the Cow
- What a Farmer Doesn’t Need
- Never Wash Your Barn Coat
- How to Wait on a Cow to Calve
- Distance of Trust
- Growing Weary of God
- Turning Forage into Meat
- God Doesn’t Reward a Farmer’s Success
- The Weight of a Cow Affects Her Breeding
- The Antibodies of Colostrum
- Nature Can Bully a Farmer
- The Fencerow
- The Strength of a Cow’s Tongue
- Cancer Eye
- Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side?
- When the Farmer Leaves the Farm
- How a Cow Thinks
- The Hard Decision of Euthanizing
- A Cow Under Stress
- A Dry Cow
- A Drunk Cow
- Horn Flies
- Trust the Seed
- The White Horse, the Black Horse
- What a New Calf Thinks About Winter
- How Long Is a Cow Pregnant?
- Why Bad Things Happen to Good Farmers
- Farming is Like This
- Why Do Cows Moo?
- Culling Is Hard, But Easier on the Herd
- The Killer of Calves
- A Leppy
- Hiding the Calf
- After the Birth of a Calf
- Rediscover Your Purpose on the Farm
- Why a Farmer Becomes Unhappy
- The Herd is One
- Can Cows Climb?
- Got Milk?
- How Cows Communicate
- How to Move Cattle
Why a Calf Panics in Winter
Let’s pretend you are a new calf, born in summertime. The pastures are luscious green, and your mama’s milk is rich and oh so good. And at times, you hear a rumble in the bottom of the farm close to the river. And you see a four-legged creature pulling a large mouth that is consuming grass and spitting out a large roll of it. So you ask your mother about it, and she says, “Oh, that’s the farmer on his tractor cutting hay. You say, “What’s hay?” She tells you that the farmer brings hay in the winter, but you don’t understand.
Then winter hits. Wind out of the north. And you notice the grass is turning brown. Everything you trusted in and believed about the farm is gone. You are hungry for the first time in your life. The farm is a wasteland. And you miss summer. Then one day you hear what sounds like the farmer’s tractor. You watch as it bucks across the ruts in the cold earth. And it drops a large roll and your mother tells you to eat. And you do. It’s a little dryer than grass, but it tastes like grass. And you realize that during the summer, the farmer was busy preparing for your winter. Now you trust the farmer will always be there for you. So, listen closely today. Behind the veil, God’s tractor is preparing your future, and just as the cow can trust the farmer, we can trust God will meet our needs in our own winters.