Across the Fence

by Kevin on September 20, 2011

Hooley and his partner were on their way to town, running late as usual. He was trying to get to the feed store before it closed, but it looked like he might have to kick it up to 60 mph if he was gonna make it. “Oh no!” he thought as he came up over a little rise and saw the big calf standing there on the road, his momma hollerin’ at him to get back on the right side of the fence.

Luckily Hooley and Shot had been ridin’ fence that afternoon and had the horses in the trailer. He pulled over and they unloaded, seeing now that the trip to town wasn’t gonna happen.

Three cars blew past them without slowin’ down a bit as they slid into the saddle. The big calf just lifted its head as the missiles flew past. Hooley wondered why people can’t just slow down for just a second.

They tried to drive the calf down the fence toward a wire gate, but several times he jumped out on the road and the cowboys didn’t want him or anyone else getting hurt so they just roped him. They put the rope around his head and through his mouth so Hooley could lead him. Shot rode behind and tried to encourage forward progress.

Later, Hooley put his left blinker on and checked the driver side mirror as he pulled out on the road to make a U-turn and head back to the ranch. Shot had been pretty quiet and then said, “You know Hooley, that calf better be glad we come along like we did. There just ain’t no water except inside the fence. I’ve always pondered on why a cow will leave everything it needs behind for what seems like a better deal on the other side of the fence.”

Hooley topped the speedometer off at a blazing 45 mph as he listened. When Shot was quiet for a moment, Hooley said, “Them cows ain’t got much sense, but the scary part is that people do that all the time.”

“What do you mean?” Shot asked.

“There is a fence called Faith. Inside this fence is where Jesus promised to take care of us and look out for us. The only place to find Water is in this pasture. The grass is plentiful and there is shade and shelter for all who seek it. But some folks would rather live on the other side, where there is no water and the devil’s highway runs right through.”

Hooley was quiet for a moment and then said in a low voice, “I just wish we could rope them and help ’em like we did that calf, but we can’t. We can go out and find ’em and love ’em and tell ’em where to find what they need to live, but we can’t rope and drag ’em. Lord knows I wish we could.”


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  • buck

    Awsome, too bad a lot of christians jump put on the highway and blow by those who are lost outside the fence.

    • Kevin

      Ain’t that the truth?! Thank you for your dedication to roundin’ them up Buck.

  • Ed

    Being a pastor would be a whole lot easier if I could rope ’em and drag ’em to the pasture. Sometimes people are more stubborn and fool-headed than that big calf. Thanks for the encouragement, Kevin.

    • Kevin

      That’s the truth Ed. Thank you for your willingness to get outside of the fence and try to bring the truth to those stubborn calves.

  • Thank you so much for this great reminder. And, I enjoy your illustrations to help readers visualize and grasp what you are teaching…kind of like how Jesus used parables. 🙂 Best wishes!

    • Kevin

      Thanks Brook!!

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