RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
Buffalo roamed on Plain View Farm long before the Alfred Stadems came to live there. Can you guess how long that was? A hundred years? Five hundred? A thousand years? Many, many thousands of years? It was a very long time, anyway.
Before the farmer and his plow came to turn it under, grass grew so high it clothed the little hills and the flats like a forest. It was tall as a man and unless you were riding a horse, you probably couldn't see where you were going much of the time, it was so thick and tall.
Imagine the size of the lawnmowers you would need to mow it! Well, as you might have guessed, the herds of buffalos, millions of them grazing the grass, kept it down, at least temporarily.
Gorgeous wildflowers!--red, gold, yellow, purple, with hummingbird moths bumping into them--managed to grow amidst the grass too, but the buffalo ate everything like big black mowing machines.
They ate and ate and ate until they mowed the tall grass down to the ground, then the herd moved on to greener pastures. Later, next spring or summer, back they'd come to Plain View Farm and the surrounding area, just like a grand old-time family reunion!
They could have come back in winter too, because they could dig up grass from under the snow which would feed them through the wintertime. But mostly it was in the spring and summer that they spent most time on the land of which part would be called Plain View Farm.
This went on every year until a circle of pressed up earth, a mound, rose where they liked to walk around and around, maybe to protect the young calves in the center when wolves attacked the herd.
It is known that they formed circles for defending themselves, with their heads pointed outwards, and the little baby buffies in the center. Whatever the reason, they made a circle about thirty feet across.
The Buffalo Mound or Ring is just beyond the old Slough which lately has become a pond big enough for a rowboat, and a farmer plows the mound every spring and fall, so it may not be as high as it once was. An uncle of Alfred Stadem's once owned the land there way back, but it since has been sold to neighbors. But it's still there many years after the buffalos have grown only a dim memory.
Someday buffalos may even return to the mounded circle or "Ring" they made long ago on the edge of Plain View Farm. Wouldn't you like to see that happen?
Or would you be scared and run to your Mom or Dad, or maybe a big brother or big sister? After all, buffalos are huge, and can weigh over a thousand pounds and more, which makes them pretty scary close up!
But you should know a buffalo is a wonderful creature made by God, and buffalos were a great blessing to the Indian people called Lakota who live in the Dakotas, because buffalos gave them practically everything they needed--food, clothes, and many other things.
The buffalo gave everything so that the Lakota people could live and prosper--just like Jesus gave his everything, his very life, for us, so that we might live and be happy. Yet if you ever see a buffalo and still get scared, it is good to have family around you at such times, isn't it?
The Lord Jesus is so good that he put us in the perfect family for us, with just the right parents to keep us safe and to love and care for us. Don't you think that is a super reason to thank Him? Why not thank Him now?