“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.
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|
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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