Just Two Cowboys and Jesus

by Kevin on March 30, 2010

We had a pasture roping out at the ranch in February. It was to be held early on a Saturday morning. My neighbor was willing to let us borrow a bunch of roping steers and on Thursday before the roping, we went and put a bunch of them in the trap. Later on that evening, we were going to separate the steers we would rope and I was going to help him wean a bunch of calves that were also caught.

As life often goes, Lee called me and said that he wouldn’t be able to help me that evening. His wife was having chest pains and they ended up putting her in the hospital. I told him that I would immediately start praying for her and not to worry about anything out here at the ranch. I would take care of everything. I then bowed my head and started praying for Tina.

I also asked God to help me. This little trap had a dirt tank in the corner by the fence. For all our city readers, this tank isn’t filled with dirt, it’s filled with water. It’s just a big hole dug out of the ground and filled up with water for the cattle. This tank causes lots of problems when trying to pen the cattle. When you start pushing them towards the pen, they go around the tank. It’s then a straight shot to the pens, but it’s very hard to keep them from just going around and around and around this tank. Cattle aren’t stupid, they know when something’s up.

I have been horseback with seven or eight cowboys and had a heck of a hard time putting cattle into the pen. If you position cowboys to keep them from going around the tank, the cattle run towards the pen and then veer left around some brush. It’s easier to gather the 2-1/2 sections (about 1800 acres) the cattle graze on than it is to put them into the pen from the trap. I kept thinking to myself, “How am I going to do this by myself? It usually takes a bunch of good cowboys to get this done and now I am by myself. I can hold my own gathering cattle, but I can’t be in 10 places at once.”

I prayed that God would be with me and help me. I asked if he would send me about 10 good cowboys. He sent me one. Paul Bruce was off work that day. He was one of the few cowboys that I knew that wasn’t working. I called him up and he said he would be glad to help. He asked who else was going to be there to help us. He had helped gather this trap as many times as I had. I took a deep breath and said, “It’s just going to be me and you.” There was silence on the other end of the line and then Paul said, “I’ll be there in two hours.”

When we got to the pens, we both stood there like monkeys trying to figure out calculus. How in the world were we going to gather this trap with just the two of us. Well, like the old saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of all invention.” You give two good cowboys a deadline and a task and they will usually figure it out.

We lined up the truck and trailer and used some big mesquite trees as panel braces and made sort of a wing. This had been done before, but this time we ran our wing north instead of the usual west. Instead of bringing the cattle down the fence, we took them in the complete opposite direction. Most people would say it was the change in direction or maybe they would just say we got real lucky, but we penned all the cattle in about 1 minute. They can say what the want, but we had the best cowboy that ever lived with us. Jesus was there to help us and we got to see a miracle.

Judges 7:2-8 (Simplified Cowboy Version)

The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many cowboys with you. If I let you take all these cowboys to do this job, they will brag about how they did it all themselves. I am going to whittle the number of cowboys down so that you know that I had a hand in it.”

Many times in our lives, we think that we accomplish things on our own. We are quick to pat ourselves on the back and take all the credit. The Bible says that all good things come from God. Today, something great is going to happen or you might accomplish something that you didn’t think was possible. When this happens, don’t call it luck or break your elbow from trying to pat yourself on the back. Just smile and say a great big “THANK YOU” to God for helping you out.

The campfire is burnin’ bright,

Kevin Weatherby, Pastor

Pecos County Cowboy Church, Fort Stockton, Texas

www.campfirecowboyministries.com

© Kevin Weatherby, 2010

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