A few months ago I noticed something that made me think. Since we live in the middle of nowhere I have a nice little country drive each morning that includes several farms and pastures. On one stretch there are cow pastures on each side of the road and many days when I get to the end of these pastures there are cows standing in each field just looking at each other. There are several on each side and they're just standing there. I imagine they're thinking, "if I could just get over to that pasture, my life would be great." Isn't that what we do? Continuously think that if we just had this or just did that then our life would be perfect. If I had a job where I made this amount of money, if I weighed X, if my kids behaved like this, if, if, if.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but from where I drive between those pastures there isn't much of a difference between the sides. The grass is thin, the fields are mushy and muddy from all the rain and there are several cow pies to avoid. No matter which side of the road those cows are on life will be the same. We've all heard the saying "the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence." And its true. We have our life to live and we don't need to waste our time thinking of the ifs and desiring what's on the other side. God has given us what we have and its our responsibility to enjoy our blessings.
When I'm a grumpy, frazzled mother driving my mommy mobile to all my various stops, I find it amazing that God shows me a life lesson in the cows on the side of the road.