Our PurposeApril 3, 2018 | 12:12pm
Have you ever wondered what is your purpose and what you should do with the life you are given? I think most people, at various times of their lives, wonder about their life’s purpose. Does God have a specific plan for us or is everything coincidental? With everything happening at the ranch, there have been a few conversations surrounding the topic. Is our purpose and our journey predefined or are our lives and our purpose fluid and subject to change based on our decisions.
My journey brought me to the ranch. I thought of this opportunity as a way of healing myself, but was there another purpose to this part of my journey? Was my journey to the ranch one of those moments in time with multiple purposes? Was I supposed to be here when Randy and the ranch needed me the most? Randy survived an aortic aneurism that is normally fatal. Yet here he is, improving each day. Does God have a special purpose for him? I think we all know Randy has had a purpose his entire life; to save as many animals as possible. Perhaps nearly losing him is a reminder to all of us that there is still so much more for us to do. I cannot imagine what would have happened to the ranch if we had lost him.
Sometimes I wish we could just wake up and clearly know what we are supposed to do, but then I realize that we are not given one purpose in life, but rather many. Most of us have had experiences of being at the right place at the right time. Something as simple as being there to catch someone as they fall may have been our purpose at that moment in time. Personally, I am beginning to think that those big “Ah ha” moments we experience may be God’s way of adjusting our compass but we have many more moments in our lives where we are fulfilling our purpose without acknowledging or even recognizing it is part of our journey.
As I am sure you all know by now, I love to watch the animals at the ranch. I wonder if they ever think about their purpose. Do they know why they are here and what purpose they may have as part of the ranch’s journey? Many say animals are intuitive and have a special ability to connect with people and understand us even better than we understand ourselves. Jake, who was adopted by Randy, seems to have a very unique way of knowing what Randy needs. They communicate in a way beyond the spoken word. Is that Jake’s purpose? Johnny, our little longhorn that Randy rescued, has gone from being the one saved to the one saving all of us. Anyone who has spent time with him recognizes he is a special little bull. Was he spared in order to be here when he is needed the most? A therapy longhorn in the making? I look at Picasso and I see beyond her scars. She is a beautiful horse and she carries herself with a very regal inner beauty. Was she destined to be injured so she would find her way here in order to be part of the healing ranch? Everything we do, and all those we meet along our journey (human or animal) have crossed our lives for a purpose. How often do we fail to recognize that simple concept.
I have decided as I move forward, I want to take time and acknowledge those moments that may seem insignificant, because one small moment for me may be something much larger for someone else. Maybe writing this blog, which for me is simply putting my thoughts on paper, will lead someone else to realize their purpose. For now, I am just happy knowing that each day gives me the opportunity to reach out and help myself by being there for others and for all the amazing animals at the ranch.
For today, love each other and all the animals you meet along your journey. We may not always understand our purpose, but somewhere there is someone who may find their purpose through us.