Two and a half weeks to go till County Fair time for Calvin's sheep. Most of them have been frequenting shows all summer long but the county and state fairs are what really count. So it is dialing in time...time for precision feeding and watering, noting the changes each day and working toward the goal weight for each lamb. It's worse than Weight Watchers for sheep.
I have chore duty tonight and tomorrow and the list for feeding the lambs reads like an instructional manual. There are eight separate pens of show lambs who get precise morsels of feed according to what they need to do; gain weight, lose weight, maintain weight, maximize their muscles and more. One lamb is even fitted with a muzzle when not eating because he has a bad habit of chewing on his leg wool.
Although it sounds like show lambs require a lot of work to prepare for the shows, it is nothing compared to the preparation that God has done for us since before time began. Only the Holy Spirit understands the scope of God's plans that will be revealed to us one day.
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV).