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Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)
By Diana Richardson
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I was five years old, running as fast as I could to keep up with my Daddy Tom. He had long legs; in fact, he was about 6’ 4”. It was time to feed the animals, first were the horses. Daddy Tom lifted me high so that I could hold sugar cubes for Sundial.
Then on to the cattle, which required the pick-up. The hay was already in the truck. I climbed into the cab with a boost from a big hand. We drove through the fields, stopping every so often. Daddy Tom would put out hay and make sure there was plenty of water. I stayed inside the truck. Cows were pretty, but I was afraid of the bulls.
Then the fun part came. Slopping the hogs as Daddy Tom called it. I liked to watch the pigs play in the mud. Today, I’d been promised a surprise when he feeds the pigs. I hoped I’d be lifted up on the fence to “help” throw the scraps into the trough.
Daddy Tom led me by the hand to the fence next to the shed. The big sow was under the shed overhang nursing six little piglets. Oh, I thought they were the prettiest and cutest things I’d ever seen. I wanted to pet them. I was told absolutely not. He said the sow would kill me if I touched her babies. I couldn’t believe that. The sow had always been calm and as friendly as any pig. Daddy Tom was just afraid I’d get “attached” to them. He was always saying that about colts, calves, chicks, kittens or puppies.
Daddy Tom went on about filling the water for the pigs and I stood at the fence watching those cute, pink things nurse & squeal. I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I had to touch them. I squeezed under the fence into the pigsty. I walked real slow and quietly.
Suddenly that sow stood up and began to run toward me making the most awful noise. I remembered the word “kill”. I was frozen in my steps. The next thing I knew my 250-pound granddad was jumping over the fence like a kid. He swooped me up into his arms and we both went over the fence to the other side. I have never been so surprised or frightened in my life. But then I was safe in his large arms where nothing could hurt me.
That has always been my picture of God, the father. Of course I know he’s much more powerful than my grandfather now, but not then. The way he became “superman” jumping a fence as if it was nothing reminds me of the way God comes to our rescue time and time again.
In the nick of time He sent Jesus to rescue us all and He has rescued me from my own foolishness many times, just like the only Daddy I ever knew had done.
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