Sheep are followers. One starts and then the rest usually come right behind. That is a good thing when trying to move them to a new pasture. Not so good, when the first couple of ewes head the wrong way! My hope is they are never running toward me!!!
Bill’s patience pays off as he gently tries to get the first couple of sheep to put their hoofs forward in the right direction. Most don’t want to miss out on all the fuss and spring ahead. A shepherd would never lead them into a dangerous situation. For the sheep, it is a trust and risk issue. As I mentioned in the previous blog, they know his voice.
They like to hang in groups and follow each other around. Our baby lambs get into groups of 20 or 30 and take off running and jumping altogether. It is quite a sight and we love to watch them play.
For their safety and well-being, they need a good shepherd or they will be in trouble.
Humans are the same. They need good people and leaders to follow. If not, many are going down a rabbit hole. Some believe any new diet, political issues, a new belief system, or even a new friend. I know people who have listened to financial advisors and lost everything. We have to be careful or we can be in quite a mess.
We don’t have to follow everything we hear. My policy is to found out what is true and risk-worthy for positive life steps. There is a lot of false teaching out there. Learning to be careful of what and who I follow is part of who I am. It is a trust ad risk issue just like the sheep.
I never have to question the Good Shepherd. His advice is always in the best interest of His ‘sheep’. Humans can mess it up, so I trust in God’s word.
I have almost made some unwise decisions and choices. I find when in a panic or facing something fearful it makes my perspective way off base. Nothing needs to be on a whim and stepping back and listening to the Good Shepherd’s wisdom and Truth is the best. It isn’t always easy because I would rather have instant results but it is the good and right thing.
There are a lot of people out there trying to get people to follow them. They make promises, tell lies, and only want for their own gain.
Sheep need a shepherd to lead and take care of them. Humans need the Good Shepherd to wade through this thing called, Life!
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. John 10:11,12
You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields
of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, and you refresh my life. You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths. I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe. Psalm 23: 1-4
For me, this is a reminder to look to the Good Shepherd and ‘rest in fields of green grass and let Him lead us to streams of peaceful waters.’ I hope you do too. We need that refreshment don’t we!
Have a good week.