The Cowboy Memo That I Missed

by Kevin on August 9, 2010

I saddled up my horse before daylight one morning. It was my job to go get the horses that were out in the pasture. This pasture wasn’t a very big pasture, but it was real brushy…and usually real dark.

I had only made the mistake one time of coming back to headquarters without the horses. They had played hide and seek with me for an hour. I could just imagine them standing on their hind feet behind a big mesquite tree so I wouldn’t see them when I went by. Must have been a load of fun for them.

When I got back, I told Antonio that I couldn’t find them. In his broken english he told me, “I wished for you that you not ride all the way back to here not having those caballos. You get back out to there and not to come back with no caballos.” I turned around and rode off at a lope with my face burning with embarrassment. I had been chastised and I really wasn’t sure what he had said, but I sure knew what he meant. Twenty minutes later, with a lot more sun in the sky, I found the horses and rode back with all of them.

A couple of weeks later, I rode out once again and went through the same childish game with a bunch of two-year old horses. I wasn’t about to go back without them. Finally, about two hours later, Antonio rode up to me and my sweaty horse. He asked me where I had been and I had a real smart remark that was tryin’ to jump out of my snuff infused mouth. Luckily, I swallowed the remark along with about half a pinch of copenhagen.

I told him that I was still looking for the broncs. He kind of looked down and said, “No estan aqui!” (They are not here). I asked him where they were and he sheepishly said that he forgot to tell me that he had moved them to another pasture last night. I just shook my head and told him that I must have missed that memo. He responded with, “What is dis memo? What for you mean?”

I sure could have used that message and it would have saved me a mess of time and a lot of riding. There are other cowboys out there looking for things that they sure won’t find out there in the pasture. Someone needs to go tell them that what they are lookin’ for can only be found in their heart and a relationship with Jesus.

Romans 10:14-15

14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

Your boots are made for more than keepin’ your foot in the stirrup cowboy. Make Good used out of them today.

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  • Hi Kevin,
    You have such great stories and good links to Scripture!

    • Kevin

      And you always have the kindest words. You are consistently the rainbow at the Campfire.

  • I have missed a few memos in my time as well. I guess I have forgotten to give deliver a few as well.

  • Stephen

    I remeber wrangling the horses on the kc ranch north of van horn and the first time they sent me out I was thinking how am I gonna find those horses in a 17 section pasture that I haven’t even seen in the daylight and then I remeber one of grandads stories about the wrangle horse and how he will take you to them because his job is done when he gets them back to the pen. Kind of like Jesus he will lead us back to the father if we will just let him just like that horse took me straight to those saddle horses.

    • Kevin

      I wish I would have had your grandad’s advice back then. It’s even more to the point you made that I tried to find the horses myself. I should have trusted my horse to find them just like we should trust Jesus to guide us. Thanks Stephen!!!!!!!!

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