We raise cows. We usually get them at about 3 days old. This gives them a chance to get the good colostrum from their mother. We then bring them home and continue to bottle feed them until they are old enough to eat grain and hay.
When the babies first come to us they don’t really know how to drink from a bottle so the first few days are quite challenging. Recently we got a bull calf, and he literally ran all around the pen away from us because he didn’t realize we were there to help him and feed him. He was scared. If he won’t willingly eat we then would have to tube feed him so that he didn’t get dehydrated and malnourished. They HAVE to eat.
The first month seems to be the hardest time for the baby calf. They are taken from their mamas, put into an unfamiliar place, and now have to adjust to life without their mamas. I don’t necessarily like it, but it is how it is done if we want dairy products in our stores.
So back to feeding this new bull calf: He didn’t understand that we were trying to help him, so he was running from us. We finally got him pinned and put the nipple into his mouth. I squirted a few drops into his mouth so that he could taste that we were trying to feed him. It took him a few minutes, but when he realized that it was food he began to nurse on the bottle.
My point is that he thought we were trying to harm him when the reality was we were trying to help him, feed him, nourish him, keep him from dying, but he didn’t know this. Once he gave us a chance he realized that we were good and not something to be feared. Now he comes running when it’s time to eat, and knows that what is coming is good and good for him!
This scenario made me think about people who don’t know Jesus Christ. They think that we Christians are trying to hurt them or shove something down their throat that isn’t good, when that couldn’t be farther from the truth! Psalms 34:8 “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”