COWS - PART 1
I haven’t written much recently because I have been on pain medication for my arthritis-destroyed left hip. But it has caused me to sleep more and dream more. I have often wondered why I cannot remember those dreams. But today I do remember one of those dreams. That must be significant, so I want to share it with you.
But before I do, there is something I must tell you.
When I asked Lorrie to marry me, she said,
I said, “OK. I will ask your father for your hand in marriage.”
She replied, “Are you crazy? No one does that any more and, anyway, you are almost as old as my father.”
“I don’t care. He hardly knows me. I want his blessing.”
So I met her father. I was very nervous. He did not know me. Actually, he and I were nearly the same age. I was in my late sixties and my betrothed was in her late forties. I felt like a pedophile.
“Sir, I love your daughter. I have asked her to marry me and she has agreed, but I want your blessing. I am asking for your daughter’s hand in marriage.”
He looked at me without expression for what seemed like a long time and then solemnly said,
“I want eight cows.”
I was shocked. I replied,
“I don’t understand.”
“Then come back when you do.”
*****NOW I WANT YOU TO LEAVE THIS BLOG AND GO TO YOUTUBE AND SEE THE 23 MINUTE VIDEO OF JOHNNIE LINGO AND THE EIGHT COW WIFE. *****
After I saw that video, I commissioned an original oil on canvas of eight cows. I had it framed with a plaque that showed that it was the payment to him for giving his daughter to me in marriage.
Two years later, I apologized to him for having paid too little for her and gave him another painting of two more cows.
COWS - PART 2
Meadows Of Dan is in Patrick County, Virginia, population 18,000. Everywhere you look there are cattle. Hell, I have lived on streets in Atlanta that had more than 18,000 people. It seems like everyone in Meadows Of Dan owns cattle.
Last night, I dreamed that I was not in Meadows Of Dan but was observing it from above. In that dream, everyone in Meadows Of Dan owned cattle. Cattle can be quite valuable. In a good market, a good cow can bring a $1,000.00. A man who owns 1,000 cattle is a millionaire.
I dreamed that Jesus appeared in Meadows Of Dan on a Sunday morning. He appeared at the community center. He stood outside as people came to see Him and honor Him. One by one, they came and knelt before Him and said,
“Lord my name is xxxxxxxxxx and I give these cows to honor you.”
When they had all made their presentations, He went inside to eat the midday meal. Jesus was seated in the center of the long table, just like in the painting of The Last Supper.” The chair to His right was vacant. The wealthiest man in Meadows Of Dan had given him 100 cows. He confidently walked to the chair, but Jesus reached out His right hand and blocked the chair. He looked up at the man who saw the expression in His eyes and turned away. All of the other chairs at the table were full. People sat on the floor, filling the room. People sat on the pavement in the parking lot. They sat on the road. They sat on the hillsides and fields around the community center.
Jesus stood. Silence. No one dared breathe. They parted as he walked through the community center, through the community center parking lot, across the highway, then up the hill, until He reached an old man who was slumped, dirty, ragged, and
Jesus reached out His right hand. The old man looked up into eyes that shown with unconditional love. He clasped Jesus’ hand. Together they rose in the air above the crowd, floated over them, and then appeared at the two vacant seats at the table.
Everyone stared in amazement. Jesus said,
“This man gave me only one cow. It is old. It is sick, and it will die soon. But it is all he had. Who else among you has given me everything? He has honored me today, and I will honor him for eternity.’
COWS - CONCLUSION
I have wondered why I had that dream. I have wondered why I remembered that dream. I have wondered why it reminded me of Johnny Lingo And The Eight Cow Wife.
My bones are being destroyed by arthritis. Three years ago, I had a nine-hour operation that repaired nine vertebrae in my spine. Now, arthritis has destroyed my left hip. I can no longer drive a car. I can no longer walk without a walker. I can no longer bathe myself. I can no longer dress myself. I am constantly in pain, mentally confused by medication, tired, and depressed. I am no longer my wife’s active companion or lover. I feel totally and completely worthless. I frequently wish I were dead.
My wife, on the other hand, is the perfect picture of health and beauty. She has never taken a prescription medication in her life. She used to compete in triathlons.
She is currently a yoga instructor. She is young, healthy, intelligent, vibrant, animated, and beautiful. She is perfect in every way.
And guess what? She drives me wherever I want to go. She bathes me. She dresses me. She waits on me hand and foot. And she constantly tells me she loves me.
So why did I have that dream? Because I am the most helpless man in Meadows Of Dan, but the most honored. I have a ten-cow wife and she loves me. ME. She loves ME.
Do you look in the mirror to see your self worth? Don’t. Don’t believe your lying eyes. Look in the eyes of someone who loves you. Do you think no one loves you?
Not true. Think again.