In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives….that God will provide all we need. He tells about the birds of the sky. They don’t plant or harvest, or have barns or storehouses to put away food for winter, yet they have enough food to last until spring. He also tells us about the lilies of the field. They can’t work or spin fiber, but God has clothed them in beauty.
In conclusion of this parable, Jesus asks us this: if God care for the birds of the sky and the grass of the field, doesn’t He care for us even more? “Are you not of more value than they?” (Matt 6:26)
I can’t tell you how much I worry. Especially this time of year when we’re expecting lambs. I constantly think about the “What if’s”. But the Lord will provide. This is such a certainty that one of the names of the Lord is “The LORD Will Provide”, Jehovah-jireh. And every time He is faithful, I am in awe.
Yesterday our ewe, Rosy, lambed. I took Hannah and Noah outside after lunch to tidy-up a bit for the field-trip this afternoon. We were also waiting for our friends to come over. I let the girls out of the barn to eat some of the nice green grass that’s now growing. The new little lamb even came outside for the first time…that’s always a joy to see!
When Jen arrived with her daughters Rosy went into the barn and laid in the stall. Very unusual – Rosy loves to eat. Jen and I talked while the kids played together, but I kept an eye on Rosy. After a little while she began labor and we got her into a lambing stall. We watched her and soon it was apparent that she needed assistance. The lambs head was emerging, but no feet were in sight. I checked things out and found another head and feet but couldn’t find the feet from the 1st lamb. And I couldn’t push the lamb back in far enough to find them. In my mind I was flipping through all the birthing diagrams and instructions I’ve studied, but was still perplexed. I called and left a voicemail for out vet to “Please call ASAP and talk me through this!”
When he called back I had found the legs and was attaching my lambing cord…or trying, at least. The lamb kept pulling her feet out of my hands! We delivered her fine and let Rosy clean her up while we waited for #2. Soon all 4 children were gathered around Jen and were watching with amazement.
The 2nd lamb was delivered quickly but it was much smaller. It was very still and its nose was cool. I cleared the nose and rubbed its chest, then tried “swinging” it to clear its lungs. Still nothing so I tried mouth-to-mouth. Nothing. I wrapped him in a towel and moved him aside so Rosy could keep cleaning her little girl.
While we were watching the little lamb try to stand Genna said, “I think she’s having another lamb!” I told her it was probably just the afterbirth, but when Rosy laid down and started pushing again we all looked at each other! She was having another lamb! This one was a normal presentation (head and 2 feet). Rosy was obviously tired so I helped the lamb out. This ram lamb was huge! I wiped his nose and brought him around so Rosy could clean him.
The ewe lamb weighed 9.75 lbs, the ram lamb weighed 12.5 lbs and the stillborn lamb weighed 5.5 lbs.
I am so thankful that Jen was here to watch over the kids while I helped Rosy deliver her lambs. And I’m thankful that Rosy went into labor when I was home.
The Lord will provide.