A herd of cattle spread across the highway. A young cowboy attempted to corral them back into safe pasture—a challenging task indeed, as the cattle circled wide-eyed, this way and that. Another cowhand surveyed the broken down fence—wishing, I suppose, he’d noted the structural damage before now.
I’m reminded of the times I, too, harried by the daily maintenance of my charge, have allowed fences to fall. Each time, how I wish I had paid attention!
The Bible says unless the Lord watches the encampment, the watchman labors in vain.
While He is the Overseer, we are to be watchman walking beside Him, daily checking the boundaries; taking careful, honest inventory of the condition of our heart—its content; and our herd —its contentment: the well-being of our spouse, if married; then children, then others in our circle of influence, watching for weakness and making necessary repairs, not allowing the prattle of our cattle, or blaming those lousy cows, to divert us from receiving correction.
The Bible implores us to “call on the Lord while He may be found.” This means coming to Him regularly before the cows get out. But if we do find ourselves panicked by a sudden stampede, the Lord is there to help us round up our scattered, straying souls and strengthen the ties that bind, restoring us to safe pastures.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1
Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call upon him while he is near. Is. 55:6