Say “Ossabaw” around anyone here at Polyface and we involuntarily twitch. This breed of pig just doesn’t seem to understand our system… The characteristic razor-back hair on these pigs is a sure sign of trouble… Kind of like a moody teenager with a mohawk (no offence), these pigs just don’t always cooperate.
While this photo is nice, shows the animals living together happily, and is aesthetically pleasing, there is something wrong… Our pigs are not supposed to hang out with our egg-mobile chickens… You guessed it. They were escapees. Their fellow piggies were perfectly happy in their paddock, but these guys just wanted… more… ?
There we were, happily gathering eggs for the evening when, looking up, we see these fellows meandering nonchalantly up the hill to our location.
While this pair was pretty easy to reinstate in their proper location, I have spent hours working with cantankerous walking bacon sides attempting to (and ultimately succeeding in) transferring them from one paddock to another – FOR THEIR OWN GOOD! …They seem so ungrateful, so blase, so apathetic…
Once, after one of these…sessions… and after the frustration lessened and my blood pressure resumed its normalcy, I thought about what happened. I, the caretaker, tried to do something for the good of my charge. I was trying to move them to fresh grass where they would have plenty to eat and fresh room for rooting…. I was trying take care of them, and they were so ungrateful as to do their utmost to thwart my plans for their lives.
I don’t mean to become “preachy”, but think about it… How often do we Christians fight the things God has planned for our good? Because we don’t understand His plan, or always see His mighty hand in our lives, we often fight the things that he has planned for our ultimate good.
We have a loving Heavenly Father who has promised to take care of us. He has promised to lead us and not let us stumble. He tells us to do things that are for our own good – and we forget or don’t have time… Yet He is patient.
He patiently waits for us to run back into His open arms as His beloved children. We should all take this as a lesson in patience. When we get impatient or irritated at someone or something, remember how often you linger in running to the One who patiently waits for you.