Monday, September 24, 2012

A Celestial Slant on Cowboys

In a grove of glossy dark evergreens at the bottom of a ravine, red, brown and white horses congregated and side-stepped on the rocky ground. 

Like a scene from a wrangling cowboy western, a man astride a red horse leaned low to listen. Galloping in from the north, south, east and west, his reconnaissance men on a mission returned with reports for his ears. Despite reports of rest and calm, the ranger fell back into his saddle and sighed, “Lord Almighty, how long will you…?”

 I have been working my way through the ancient words in the Old Testament of the Bible, trying to see them from fresh eyes and asking the Writer to teach me anew each time. This celestial slant on cowboys and rangers from the book of Zechariah is what accompanies my morning coffee today. I munch graham crackers and refill my coffee cup numerous times, poring through these verses. This scene catches my attention.

The wranglers straddle their horses in a myrtle/evergreen ravine, while their ranger breathes hard through dusty nose and face. “How long, Almighty God…?” and the cowboys wait. 

In a surprisingly nonchalant manner, the very next sentence introduces a new character to the scene, and answers the ranger’s questions.

 “So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me,” explains Zechariah.

Wow. Even wrangling cowboy angels can speak wonderingly to the God of the universe? Even wrangling cowboy angels can ask, “How long, God?” And even wrangling cowboy angels benefit from a God who steps into westerns and dusty rocky ravines to speak kind and comforting words to those who need to hear it. 

No setting is too far off the radar. No canyon, mountain, jungle, or soccer mom van is too remote a location for him to walk into the scene and speak kindness and comfort to honest questions and sighs. 

So, whether you are astride a horse or a golden Saturn, he hears you, he loves you, he knows what you are thinking this morning, and he’ll stride into your scene with words for you to hear. 

My goal this morning is to listen, to thank him for those words, and then to turn and speak words of kindness and comfort to my kids, spouse, neighbors and friends, to the people God has put around me. 

Linking with Ann, Laura, and Duane, I am thankful for wrangling cowboy angels and a God who strides into any scene to reply.

What has our Scene-striding God spoken to you lately?

Photo credits to Microsoft


Tim and Richelle said...

your post encouraged and made me smile. i loved the imagery! thank you.

Pamela said...

Listening and linking to our everyday life. That's the goal of my life. I love that God speaks in words I understand and can use to be a better Christian.

Dolly@Soulstops said...

Grateful for His words this focus again on Him, and not on the what give thanks..I give thanks for His patience...blessings, Jennifer :)

AmyAlves said...

Just beautiful... listening and watching for God's voice today friend! ~ Blessings out, Amy

Cheryl Barker said...

Jennifer, love how you said that no location is too remote for Him to step in and speak the words we need to hear. So thankful for a Father who is with us wherever we go!

Joe Pote said...

I love how you changed the setting and the historical stage to help us see this passage from a fresh viewpoint!

Well done!

How has God spoken to me, lately? Through power-line traces viewed from airplane windows.

Check out my latest post to learn more:

Mills Grandparents said...

I love this post!

I added you to my approved readers list...see if you can get in now. =)

Jennifer Dougan said...

Tim and Rochelle,

Thank you. It's nice to meet you. I look forward to hopping over to your site.

Jennifer Dougan

Jennifer Dougan said...


Sorry for my delay in getting back to you: my internet has been spotty at times.

Thank you for stopping in. Yes, that linking to our everyday life -- of God's word and my obedience... amen. :)

Have a great week, Pamela.

Jennifer Dougan

Jennifer Dougan said...


"To focus on him and not on the what nots" ... :) Grinning with you, Dolly.

Have a great week.

Jennifer Dougan

Jennifer Dougan said...


Thanks for stopping by.


Jennifer Dougan said...


Yes, no location too remote, no moment too busy for him not to step into our scenes and speak the words we need to hear. I love that!

Have a great week.

Jennifer Dougan

Jennifer Dougan said...

Hi Joe,

I didn't even change the setting or stage there. It really does have horses and a ravine. Crazy, huh? That grabbed me too. Okay, I did add a dusty face, but I think that could be very likely too if they are galloping on rocky ravines. :)

Nice to meet you! I look forward to stopping by your site.

Jennifer Dougan

Jennifer Dougan said...


Nice to have you here! Thanks. Now I can comment to you too. I'm glad you're here.

Jennifer Dougan

Shannon Milholland said...

Love this. Makes me want to cowboy up for Jesus!

Jayne said...

I love to try and link my everyday life with what God is teaching me. He speaks to us each day if we will only be still and listen.

Jennifer Dougan said...

Hi Shannon,

Saddle up, girl! :)

Thanks for stopping by.


Jennifer Dougan said...


Choosing to be still to listen to his voice... yes, I am still learning that some days.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jennifer Dougan

Laura Boggess said...

These images are gorgeous, Jennifer. And the words? Lovely. Thank you for this reminder to keep my eyes fixed, friend.