Cow Babies and Dog Armies

Hey! Know what a cow does when she’s in labor? Nope? Me neither.   So imagine my surprise when my friend said:

“Look at her udders. And listen to her baying. And watch out. Because she will charge your car if she’s scared of coyotes.”

My friend is part of a farming family of ten. Her husband is recovering from surgery and guess who gets to feed cows, lambs, pick vegetables, and mend fences? Ha! I wore Crocs and a tank top and literally ran AWAY from the cows because they were mooing.  At me. They were organizing and preparing to attack me. I know these things.

But, this family needed us. And, our church formed squads to help carry the load. Turns out it takes at least thirty of us to do what two people do in a day. And, not one of us is a farmer. We’re all unlikely farmhands united by a love for God and for this family.

Amazing things happen when God’s people follow Him.

God’s people–real, messy, and weak. Those people following a great God where He wants. Just look at Gideon and his dog army.

Judges 7:1-3 makes it clear that God desires the glory for victory. He’s not on some supernatural ego trip. It is for a purpose. When people get together for God’s work, it is His strength and His plan that gets worked out. In this case, 30,000 battle ready Israelites would have missed the point that it was God’s doing alone that brought victory.

So, first the numbers were reduced from 30,000 to 10,000. And then, they were reduced to 300. 1% of the original number!  And all that was left were guys who drank water like dogs.(v.5) Really? Were they qualified warriors?

I guess in God’s eyes they were. God doesn’t seem to be fixated on crunching numbers here as much as demanding that He receive His rightful glory. When God gets His rightful glory, our hearts bend towards Him. We soften and are better prepared to follow with our ego out of the way. We don’t have to tug of war with Him over Who is in charge. Got it God. You lead. I follow. We actually get to the victory quicker when we follow Him and not get side-tracked on self serving ventures.

Gideon would have to trust in God and not in his own understanding. You just don’t use earthly reasoning going to battle an entire nation with a dog army.

I love how God understood that this might not have been exactly what Gideon had in mind. God had mercy on them in their fear 7:10  “But if you fear to attack, go down to the camp with your servant…and you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to attack the camp.”  And, attack they did. God provided for them, and there is no doubt to anyone who reads Judges 7 Who brought the victory.

The Bible is replete with unlikely victory. God’s power pulsates through weak, yet willing hearts.  Loaves and fishes feed multitudes, widows with mites stand out as spiritual giants, those without any breath left in them walk on out of a tomb.

Because God loves it when all we have is Him and all we’re willing to follow is Him.

And, what I’m finding is that the victory, the joy, the strength needed compounds when weak people called the Church get together and follow Him. Even when it doesn’t make sense. God loves it when His people work together.  Sometimes Church is singing worship songs. But, sometimes Church is shoveling cow poop with each other. Or chasing a piglet that got out of her pen, or bringing Spaghettis criollos with plantains to a family of ten. The church is not letting anyone forget that, however weak, we are strong when we bend our hearts to a victorious God.  Messy, weak, and willing people get to inherit the Kingdom of God.


I’m not gonna lie. I hope that cow gives birth on someone else’s watch.  There’s enough of us that the numbers might be in my favor. Or they won’t. Things might just get a little messy….

10 Comments Add yours

  1. pigwahlah says:

    Loved it last night, and even more today upon reading it today!! Powerful.

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Thank you . Blessed to have you here and on team cow.


  2. Alleluia! God does His work through and around us in such a way that we can never think that it had anything to do with us! I really like the story of Gideon for that reason. I also like how Jonah – who ran away from God – was the most listened-to prophet ever. God doesn’t even choose to work through and around us because we listen or are more faithful or even know Him better than someone else. Then, in one of the books of Samuel, we have the story of how Jonathan and his armour-bearer went behind lines into the fortress of the Philistines, and they said, “There is no restriction to the Lord to save by many or by few.”

    Alleluia! Great is our God! His glory above the heavens, His splendour over all the earth.


    1. Thank you! You are right. There are so many different instances of God using people who are unsure or not what we would deem having their spiritual act together to accomplish what He wants. God is so good.


  3. Allison Vollenweider says:

    This is soooo good Julie!!! Read this this morning before I went to Victory Day. I admit I did shout a few Amens (if that is how you spell it. Ha) !! 🙌🏻🙌🏻




    1. You made me laugh. I hope Victory Day was wonderful. So great to be a part of a church family that is helping people shake those chains off!


  4. “Amazing things happen when God’s people follow Him.” Amen! We are studying the book of Judges in our house church right now, and boy is it messy! Yet God is faithful, God always tries again, God always forgives, God always does great things when his people return!

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    1. Yes. God’s grace is constant. The book of Judges has some tough events to stare down and accept. It always makes me so grateful for Jesus because a need for a savior Messiah is so obvious.

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  5. I live on a ranch in the Colorado Rockies, and love your analogies! Our God is amazing and is so good to us when we obey!


    1. I bet the views from the Rockies are amazing. Agreed, that when we obey we get to experience God in deeper ways.


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