The Stolen Cow

by ja c q u e Th e r m iL

Roseline lives in a village in northwestern Haiti. She felt rich, for she
owned three cows. But she also felt grateful to God for her wealth and had
dedicated one of her cows to God. Now the cow was about to give birth,
and Roseline would give the calf to the Lord.

One day after finishing her morning devotions, Roseline went to tend to
her cows. But her dedicated cow was missing. She walked up and down
the path, calling to the cow, but there was no response. She realized that
the cow hadn’t wandered off to find a lush stand of grass; it had been

Roseline started out to town to report the theft to the mayor’s office.
On the way she stopped at her pastor’s home and told him that her cow
had been stolen. “I’m not afraid,” she told the pastor, “because this cow
and its calf are dedicated to God. Nothing will happen to them that God
doesn’t wish. But I pray that the thief will bring the cow back because she
belongs to God.”

The pastor smiled at Roseline’s faith and promised to pray for the cow
and its calf. Then Roseline continued on to the mayor’s office to report the
missing cow and to ask that if someone returned a cow to let her know,
for it was hers. Roseline never doubted that the cow would return home
before her calf was born.

The next day Roseline again walked down the path to the pastor’s
house. “God’s cow has come home!” she said excitedly.

“What happened?” the pastor asked, curious.

“The thief himself brought back the cow,” Roseline responded. “He told
me that every time he looked at the cow he was troubled. He sensed that
there was something about this cow, and that made him uncomfortable,
but he didn’t know what it was. Finally, he couldn’t stand it any longer
and brought the cow back to me! He even apologized for taking her.”
Then Roseline hurried on to town to report to the mayor that God had sent
her cow home safely.

Two months later, when the calf was born, Roseline gave it to God. She
cared for it until it was old enough to leave its mother, and then she sold
the calf and gave the money to the Investment offering.
A portion of Investment offerings helps to start new work and supports
work in large cities around the world. Thank you for giving your mission
and Investment offerings.

Source: The General Conference Office of Adventist Mission.
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I wanted to share this story because of this woman’s amazing faith.  She believed that no harm would come to the cow she had dedicated to God and that the thief would return her.     God rewarded her faith.  This reminded me of Abraham’s servant who prayed to God to find him a wife for his master’s son, Isaac.  He prayed that the woman would come to the well and not only would she give him a drink but also the camels.  Before he had finished praying, God answered his prayer.  Rebekah came to the well and she did exactly what the man had asked in the prayer.  There was no doubt that she was the one God had chosen for Isaac.  The servant witnessed the fruit of his faith.

I pray that we would all have the faith of Rosaline who never doubted that God would return the cow safely so that she could dedicate the calf to Him as promised.  And in the process He gave the thief a change of heart.  The man not only returned the stolen cow but he apologized to Roseline.  Only God could work such miracles.  Only He could touch the heart and bring about the fruit of repentance.

When the unexpected happens, trust God.  Remember He’s in control.


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