Give me a word, Lord: HELEN KELLER

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Today I am sharing an excerpt from my latest book, “Inspirations from the Funny Farm.” I hope you enjoy.

Because we are the crazy animal people, we get calls from people all over the county asking us to take an animal in need of rescue. A few years ago, we got a call asking us if we could rescue a calf. We did not know the owners, but they had found out that we were suckers from someone in the community and called us requesting an immediate rescue. Their cow had delivered a calf, and the calf was blind. They were concerned because the calf couldn’t see the mama cow and wouldn’t follow the mama when she moved about the pasture. The calf wasn’t nursing, and she was staying out in the full sun all day long because she couldn’t see to move into the shaded areas. There was also a large pond in the field, and there was a concern that the calf would drown. Because we are suckers for any kind of animal, and we love cattle, we jumped in my Subaru Forrester and headed over to the farm.

We had intentions of just going to check out the calf, see if we were going to take her, and then come back with the cattle trailer to pick her up. We drove up and saw this beautiful red calf with a white face. Its eyes were glazed over with a white film. It was obvious that this poor baby couldn’t see. It was love at first sight and without any discussion, we agreed to take her home. I wanted to take her home immediately, and that’s exactly what we did. We loaded her up in the back of the Subaru and started back to the house. She had never been in a car before, and she couldn’t see where we were going so she started jumping all around. I was afraid that she was going to hurt herself. I climbed over the seats of the car and sat down in the back of the Subaru with her. I tried to soothe her as Jeff drove the short distance to our house. She wasn’t to be soothed and she tromped all over me. We finally made it to the house and got her settled into her stall.

She was only a few days old so she required bottle feeding.  Of course, she had never had a bottle, and it took quite a bit of coaxing to get her to suck. Within 24 hours, she was sucking the bottle like a pro. After a few days, we realized that she was not only blind, she was also deaf. That’s when I chose the name Helen Keller for her. We name all our critters, and I try to find names that match the personality of the animal. The name Helen Keller was fitting for this sweet blind, deaf calf.

We had to feed her twice a day, and when I entered her stall to feed her, she couldn’t see or hear me, and I would try to alert her that I was there by touch. She couldn’t hear me or see me, but she quickly learned what a bottle was though, and as soon as I got the nipple to her mouth, she would suck the bottle down without any problem at all. She would finish the bottle and look for more.  The “more” became my knees. She would lick and try to nurse my knees after every feeding. It became a regular ritual with her. I would leave the stall with a full calf and wet knees and a big old grin on my face.

Helen was a strong-willed little calf. She was a fighter. She couldn’t see her food, she couldn’t see her caretaker, and she couldn’t even hear me coming, but she quickly learned that I was there for her. She trusted me. She had complete trust in a total stranger who took time to feed and love her. I suppose it was easy for her to trust me because she really didn’t have a choice.  And it was super easy for me to fall in love with her and care for her because I knew that she needed me. I have a soft spot in my heart for all of God’s creatures, and an even softer spot for those who need special attention.

There is a lot to be learned from a blind, deaf calf. Helen Keller never physically saw my face. She never physically heard my voice. Yet that little calf trusted me with her whole being. She knew that I was going to be there like clockwork to feed her and provide the nourishment that she needed to survive. She knew that I loved her and that I was there for her good to offer help where it was needed. She knew that she could trust me sight unseen.

As Christians, we have to have a faith like this. I have never physically seen God. I have never audibly heard the voice of God. Yet I trust in Him with my whole being. No, I can’t see Him physically, but I see his majesty all around me: sunrises and sunsets with beautiful glorious colors, mountains and valleys, flora and fauna, oceans and rivers, and oh so much more! I know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins because He loves me. It’s unfathomable that He could love me this much! Even though I can see and I can hear, I have recognized through the years that without Christ, I am totally lost. I need Him even more than that calf needed me. I need Christ to guide me through this rough and rocky world. I need His love. I need the nourishment that only Christ can provide. I pray that I continue to trust Him more as I walk through this crazy life and that I learn to lean on Him more and more with each passing day.

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