BROWSER AND BOWSER

BROWSER AND BOWSER

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

The privilege of naming the animals was granted to Adam (Genesis 2:19-20,) but the privilege of "naming" the named animals rests entirely on those of us who take it upon ourselves.
"Browser and Bowser" reside in my client's pasture which is rented out by a nearby rancher.
The cows are brought over when the grass is a  bit on the over-grown side and when they've already been so well fed they look like they're bursting at the seams before they even get started.
They don't have time to moo and mingle,
Or enjoy being single;
That's because they're genetically linked to their frolicing little counterparts called calves.
The calves are delightful to watch;
They're a frolicing, healthy "lot" continually on the move.
They wander off on their own and are prone to games of tag and head-butting all day long.
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My client and I observe them from her large living room window.
They're sort of like our yellow finches which provide color, movement, and company to her stationary life, and provide an enjoyable entertainment throughout her day.
Since they do us a kindness and daily good,
I thought we ought to name at least two of them.
It was decided between the two of us that I should have the honor.
The name lottery excluded all of them on account of similarity, falling on the head of the one obviously distinguished.
One cow showed herself distinctly different from the rest on account of her embossed and emblazened white bushy eyebrows, which are a tad off in symmetry, but remarkably and notably distinguishable on her otherwise very black hide. I named her "Browser".
Her son got the name "Bowser" and was the second selection based solely on my keen "like" for his mama.
Browser and Bowser.
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Three lessons spring from my daily observations of a cow and her calf:
1) Bowser knows where to go when he needs his milk.
He doesn't expect to receive anything in the way of milk, from the calves frolicing around him, and he's disinterested in the uninvested other cows around him.
In like manner, there's only one source and one recourse for spiritual development to occur in the child of God and that's in opening the word of God:
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. If so be, ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."
1 Peter 2:2-3
Drink the milk of the God's word.
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2) Bowser bumps and jerks against his mama's udder when he needs refueling.
He looks so impatient and demanding,
So ungrateful and worth reprimanding,
But Browser feeds him still.
Bowser is a good picture of our pathetic and recurring approach to God.
We act so entitled and difficult,
So unrestrained and untrained,
An unworthy herdy group of hungry calves gone crazy.
The fact that God the Father listens to us and responds to us is a strange and merciful marvel.
"For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:15-16
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3) Browser knows her "Bowser" through scent recognition.
Familiar with his ways, wanderings, and needs, she looks out for him when she fears danger and draws near to him out of maternal necessity.
She is the sole provider of Bowser's needs and she knows her calf intimately.
In like way,
God is our spiritual Father.
He knows our wanderings and our wonderings, and describes Himself as intimately acquainted with all our ways. The great wonder and consideration here is that He loves us anyway and in spite of.
"My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret and cursiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!"
Psalm 139:15-17
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God teaches us lessons in ordinary and unordinary ways,
with all of His creation empowered to bear witness to His name:
Moses saw Him in a bush.
Balaam heard Him in a donkey.
Pharoah witnessed Him in the plagues.
What's God using to speak to you?
What's your "Browser and Bowser?"
Consider and reflect on the lessons in your midst and listen to the message God is conveying to you within them. Record them, apply them, and give God praise for His wondrous and mysterious ways.