What Love Does




Several years ago we had a nasty snow and ice storm to move in. Having livestock we still have to feed, water and check on them daily, no matter what the weather conditions are like. They simply depend on us for their survival. We had just moved a group of cattle to a pasture that had a bridge over a very steep creek bed that separated one pasture from another.

My husband Wayne, was worried the cattle was stuck on the other side of the creek bed away from the feed lot, so we loaded up in the truck to go check on them. Wayne whistled and called for them over and over again.

Most of the cattle came running to the feed lot to eat the fresh hay we had put out, however, there were some still missing. We could hear them Moo way off in the distance and knew they were on the other side. With ice covering the bridge they thought they were stuck and to afraid to cross over.

So Wayne  started walking through the snow and ice up the long hill to where the bridge was to gather up his cattle. A little time later I could see a figure coming around the bend with the small herd following him. Wayne crossed over that icy bridge to gather up the few that just couldn’t seem to make their way across because of their fears, and led them to safety.

Isn’t that like us at times? We allow our fears to paralyze us into thinking we just can’t. That we aren’t good enough or worthy enough.

But Jesus said YOU ARE!

In Luke chapter 15 Jesus tells the parable of the sheep.

The shepherd leaves the 99 and searches for the one who is lost, he finds it and lays it on his shoulders rejoicing. When he comes home he tells all his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him for he has found his lost sheep. He loved that ONE enough to go search, find, and rescue it and bring it home.

Friend, you ARE worthy! Stop allowing your fears to paralyze you into negative thinking. When you feel overwhelmed CALL out to Jesus. He will provide you the way, He will carry you across those icy bridges of doubts, and bring you safely home.


Luke 15:7 “I say to you likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


Manette Mansell