An Ox Named Jake

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Last week while at Mount Vernon, I followed the path out of the woods an came upon George Washington’s Experimental Farm down on the Potomac shore. As I was walking along looking for possible photos, I came upon an intriguing threesome; two oxen and a young lady in period costume trying to brush them.

I commented to the young lady that it looked like she had a fun job and she agreed, “except when Jake is being a jerk like he is now!” Jake is the one with his head down…

It seems that the young lady was trying to brush old Jake, but he wouldn’t let her brush his head, nor as it turned out, would he let her brush his brother, who was behaving like a perfect angel that day. “He won’t let me finish brushing him, and when I try to brush his brother, he throws a fit; he’s so spoiled!”

OK, how can you not laugh at a temperamental ox, an ox with a personality… who knew there was such a thing? I had to ask what she would do if the two of them just decided to head on up the trail; now she’s laughing. “If those two ever decided to do the same thing at the same time, there wouldn’t be much I could do to control 3,000 pounds of oxen,” she replied laughing, “but there isn’t much chance either one will ever decide to do much of anything!”

Come to think of it, I’ve never heard of a smart ox.

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Meanwhile, Jake’s brother seems happy enough with the way things are…

Wait a minute, it’s just hit me! Jake has this young woman waiting on him hand and foot, doing just what he wants her to do!  Maybe I haven’t given oxen enough credit for intelligence; nobody has ever called me “He  Who Must Be Obeyed”!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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23 Responses to An Ox Named Jake

  1. Patricia Ann says:

    Now this a fun post!

  2. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    Thanks for posting about this.

  3. Bette Cox says:

    Wonderful story, wonderful images! Thanks for sharing, Don.

  4. Chris Brann says:

    “If those two ever decided to do the same thing at the same time, there wouldn’t be much I could do to control 3,000 pounds of oxen,” she replied laughing, “but there isn’t much chance either one will ever decide to do much of anything!”

    Made me think of Christ’s church, if it ever all pulled in the same direction…….

  5. Tom says:

    Excellent story! I like Chris Brann’s comment on the church. Very sad but also very true. This also can go for the individual who tries to do things on his own rather than with the help of God.

  6. daylerogers says:

    Maybe we should think about comparing ourselves to sheep AND oxen. I love meaning with fun. Thanks for this, Don.

  7. domusgrata says:

    Boy, if only my oxen were that nice…

  8. What a great shot of the oxen. It reminds me of the scripture, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” A great Christian writer of the mid 20th century, Elton Trueblood, led a movement called Yokefellows, I believe. the lesson of the yoke is that the older, more experienced ox was put with the younger ox-in-training. If we are yoked to Jesus, he will keep us plowing on the straight and narrow if we remain submitted to His discipline and of His yoke.

  9. Elaine says:

    Lol! Great story!

  10. Elaine says:

    I can imagine! Just reading it had me laughing!

  11. I thought just the same thing Wade wrote about. That’s exactly why oxen were yoked together, one older, one younger, and why Jesus used that term. Love that terrific photo with the yoke. Hmm, maybe Jake is trying to teach his brother a lesson in just who’s boss around there! 😀

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