I understood the intent of the law when we were told several times during our first day at Wonder Valley that this was a closed campus and we should stay inside the gates.  They even went on to tell us that it was meant to protect us from the animals we could see all around on the other side of the fences.

As I was out for a walk around campus today I could see a large herd of bulls on the adjacent property.  Actually I heard them before I saw them, and even thought to myself, “that’s a little ‘angrier'” sound than a typical moo.”

I got to the camp gate and thought, I think I’ll just go to the end of the road and take some more photos.  It was only a short distance to the road.  While standing there enjoying the beauty I thought I would try again to use the panoramic feature on my camera; it is something I have not yet mastered.  With the sunshine being so bright I couldn’t quite see what was in the camera viewer, but just kept panning.  As I made a full circle and put my camera down I saw him . . .

One bull, then another, trotting through the field I had seen them in earlier, coming my direction.  In fact, one was only about 5 feet from me!

Thankfully I had the presence of mind to NOT scream, or to run so as to entice these large creatures who could clearly outrun me.  But I did turn rather quickly and walk quickly back to the gate, periodically glancing behind me. All the while I was thinking, “Joan, Joan, Joan – you heard the rule, why did you think you are above it?”

Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.  Psalms 119:29

Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good.  I long to obey your commandments!  Renew my life with your good ness.  Psalms 119:39-40

You have done many good things for me, Lord, just as you promised.  I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge.  Psalms 119:65-66