One of our sheep is a ewe named Rose. She was the first sheep I had ever halter trained. When Rose was young, I regularly went down to the pasture to talk to and pet her. In doing so, a bond was forged between sweet little Rose and myself. From the time I first put the rope halter on Rose to my first show, the adventure was bursting with trials, errors and pure fun. Over time, we learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as taught each other many things.
At my first sheep show, I was nervous and excited at the same time, but I had faith Rose would do great and God would calm the butterflies in my stomach. When we arrived at the show, I unloaded Rose and her half-sister/friend Stella (who was halter trained by my brother, Isaiah). Rose prefers to travel with a buddy. Not only did Rose have a friend to cheer her on, I did too! My mom, dad, and brother were all there. I also had a special friend at the show. She was the one who first taught me how to show sheep.
When my group was called, I walked proudly into the show ring with Rose by my side. Thankfully, God calmed those nervous butterflies, so when I stepped out of the show ring, I took three things with me: confidence to do it again, eagerness for the next show, and a Grand Champion ribbon to put on my wall.
Just like halter training, learning to trust in God is a process that must start with the first step. That step could be going to church or reading the Bible for the first time. From then on, praying and digging deeper into God’s Word can further develop your relationship with God. You will have times in your life that challenge your faith, but remember: God is with you.
For we live by faith, not sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Lord, thank you for always being with me even when there are trials in my life.
Anna Sweeton lives on a small farm with her mom, dad, and brother. She is 14 years old, and her favorite things to do are drawing, creating devotionals, reading, writing stories, showing sheep, baking and gardening.