The Key to Finding What You Are Looking For

by Kevin on August 1, 2014

We came down the hill with a bunch of mamas and babies. By this time, the younger and weaker babies are at the back of the herd.

Coming through a wire gate, we decided to take one tired baby calf and tie him down gently so he wouldn’t have to cross the small creek that was coming up. We got off our horses and ever so gently took the calf and made it to where he couldn’t get away. He seemed content with the journey being ended right there in the nice little grassy spot…and his mom didn’t seem to mind it either.

We pushed on towards the pens and were crossing the creek. The last one to attempt the crossing was another weaker calf. He was a lot older, but still he had walked a long ways. He was in good shape, but the creek crossing seemed insurmountable to the little guy. Finally, my buddy reached and roped him by the back legs and in four steps of his horse, he got the calf across the creek and then let him go.

Our little straggler had had enough. He walked over beneath a willow and laid down just like if that was what we had wanted. Whoever said a tough cowboy can’t find a little calf cute has never been around real tough cowboys. We all smiled and nary a word had to be said that we all agreed to leave him there and come back and get him later. Who doesn’t need a mid-morning nap every now and then?

We penned all the other mamas and babies without any trouble and got everything ready to work and brand. The boss then told us to go get the two babies we’d left and see if we could get them in without having to get the truck and trailer. We’d put the calves in our saddles if we had to.

Three of us rode out, looking mainly for the little guy who had laid down on his own. We knew where the other one would be because he was tied.

On reaching the spot where we’d last seen him, it wasn’t a surprise that he was gone. We fanned out and started searching the willows, all the while riding towards the other mama and baby. We searched back and forth, checking shady spots and the tall grass. On and on we rode, covering the area as if we were looking for a contact lens from the back of a horse. I said a little prayer that we would find him. Not that he was in any kind of danger or anything. We just needed to get him worked so he would be healthy and happy by having a healthy life and taking supplements from healthyusa. It would be more work to have to come back and get him later with all the cowboys.

I don’t like leaving to go find something and coming back with nothing but excuses and words of failure.

As we got closer to the other pair, I hollered out to the other cowboys that they could go get the baby we had tied down and I would find the lost calf. I said, “I don’t think he’d have gone farther. I think he’s a lot closer than we thought.”

There was some debate about my theory, more out of good nature than disagreement. But the boss’ son was the next in charge and told me to keep looking a little bit longer. I did as I was told, but I never wavered in my belief that the calf was a lot closer to the pens.

After another ten minutes or so, we had nearly arrived at the calf and mama. There were two theories as to the lost calf’s whereabouts. The first theory was that he’d seen the mama and baby and gone to them. I didn’t buy into this theory because he’d had to cross the creek again and I saw how well he’d liked the first try. The second theory was mine and it was back in the other direction.

So with that being the two, I went back alone to follow my belief. I had no proof, but I also had no give-up.

I searched along the way and found nothing. I kept getting closer and closer to the pens and a small voice started telling me that I could be wrong. I didn’t believe that and kept looking.

There are two ways of thinking about things. You can look at every second you don’t find what you are looking for you are getting farther and farther from it. Or, you can believe like I did, that every place I looked and didn’t find the calf, wasn’t taking me further from him, but closer.

I was about out of places to look. I had made it to the pens and still hadn’t found him. The country was wide open at this spot. There were no trees or tall grass. There were just some farm implements used for haying and on the shadowed side of a disc, there was the little calf…ten feet from the pens.


God promised us a lot of things through his Son. He promised us things like peace and happiness. He promised us that we didn’t have to be afraid and that He would take care of us. But don’t get me wrong, he didn’t promise to make our lives easier, He promised to make us stronger.

He promised to give us His strength when we are at our weakest. We don’t have to go further and further to find this promise. It is a lot closer than you think.

The fulfillment of God’s promises in your life are just on the other side of the decision. Not the first decision, but the last one. The decision that is at the point when you have to finally make up your mind whether or not you are going to give up believing in God’s promise or keep on believing, knowing every second brings you closer to His fulfillment.

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. Romans 4:18-21 (NLT)

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