I googled this after returning from an alpine walk. I have navigation on my phone so veered off the usual path into cow-land. What I learned is that, “In alpine regions, cows are often equipped with a bell throughout the summer season to ensure that farmers can locate their animals on the wide alpine pastures, many areas that are obstructed from view.5 Sept 2017.” They are big bells and it is true about the slopes. The reason I did not engage for a photo is cattle usually cluster and there was only one narrow rope/wire between me and five cows. Being “located” is a human need. Being lost is frightening. A few days ago I was lost. On an unfamiliar path (I had forgotten my phone) on Sunday, I heard the clippity-clop, clippity-clop, clippity-clop, of what sounded like a herd of horses galloping madly in my direction. I prayed. I need to be located and rescued – don’t we all. I finally gathered the wits to turn around and there were only two short but wide and noisy horses, each with it’s own lead, following a Swiss cowgirl who I saw again yesterday walking a very petite dog on one of those horses. The reason I recognized the horse, not even the girl, was a very colorful saddle blanket that reminded me of gypsies. I guess in a small place you will see the neighbors more regularly.
So I am picturing that we all have bells and God is always looking for us. We get off His path which is always better than our ideas but can sometimes be the same. He loves us as much as He loves Jesus. Think about it. Many ignore the one true God who is madly in pursuit. It is not vain to think He wants to find me and keep me. It speaks of His true nature: Creator, Uncreated, Eternal, Unchangeable, and Spiritual. His character is Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Sovereign, and God is a person. If we are His image-bearers we are a lot like Him. God wants us to find Him too?