Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Cud of God’s Word

“Look! That cow is chewing and chewing. Do cows chew bubble gum, Grandma?” a young boy questioned his grandmother.

“No, cows chew the cud,” she answered.

“Cud? What is cud?” he asked.

A good question—one I wasn’t exactly sure of the answer. So I paused in my reading, opened another Google window, and typed, “Define: Cud”.

photo courtesy of Morguefile
According to Wikipedia, cud is “Partly digested food returned from the first stomach of ruminants to the mouth for further chewing.”

So, as ruminants, cows re-chew their food to extract further nourishment. Interestingly, it reminded me of what we are to do with God’s Word.

In Joshua 1:8 God says, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate [ruminate] on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Are we, like the Psalmist, pondering God’s Word and thinking about His ways? (Psalm 119:15) Are we allowing it to nourish us over and over again?

I don’t think I will ever again be able to watch a cow in the field, contentedly chewing the cud, and not be reminded to meditate on God’s Word—to let its sweet goodness nourish my soul.

What verses have you been ruminating on lately?

©2013 Pamela D. Williams
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