We tend to herds of cattle in the green pastures nearby our village. When we are busy with other work, we tie them with a long rope so that they can roam around freely, but within a limited space.
They are used for ploughing our paddy fields where we grow rice during the monsoon season. It is our duty to feed them as much as we could. These herds of cattle are important assets to the farmer. They become a source of livelihood for some families.
Being their importance emphasized, we took good care of them. However, after much of the preparation of soil for cultivation was done, we juggled our time for their care and other work.
We, usually, tie them in the fields. We control them. They cannot move beyond our permitted distance. We took them to different places where the grass is greener. Even in their limited space, we assured they get their needs.
Some Reasons for Limiting their Movement in the Pasture:
In short, they lack conscience which makes it necessary for them to be within our controlling limit.
When they are free to roam as much as they wanted, they’d damage the crops of other villagers. The damage need to be borne by their owners.
When they intruded, to farms and gardens being owned by other villagers, some of the folks tried to physically hurt the cattle. They cannot fully protect themselves. And, we don’t want that to happen.
Further, they can easily get lost into the vast landscape, either losing their way or being snatched by other folks to sell in the black market.
On some occasions, they would fall down in a pit or deep gorge. They needed to be rescued every now and then. We put them safe from the attacks of wild animals too.
To avoid these unwanted circumstances, we have limited their movement and put them under our control.
Living within Limited Space:
Although we gave them their needs and keep them safe, they don’t seem to enjoy all the time. It is in their innate being to get loosed and roam around the wild.
As wild as they could, they do not want us to be in control. They are unable to know the plans and care we had for them.
Within their limited space, they would, sometimes, rebel hurting to the owner physically. They can even protest in some situations.
Just imagine if I could care this much for our cattle being safe and fed, how much our Heavenly Father would care for us. We are His sons and daughters – through the blood of His own son.
There aren’t certain limitations prescribed – free to do whatever we like. To each person according to his performance and deeds, we will be rewarded on Judgment Day.
For the thinking mind, this verse from the Holy Bible contained all the possible Dos and Don’ts:
“You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 NIV)
However, if you are among the un-believers of life after death, you don’t need to bother about it.
To Ponder Over:
God worked all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of His glory. (Read Ephesians 1:11-12)
Yes, God is in Control and under His limitations, we are safe.
Under His limitations, we can be happy. God cares more than any human ever could.
Do you agree?
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