I cannot out-run a sheep or lamb. In fact, I cracked a bone in my wrist trying to chase the sheep in rubber boots. FYI…don’t run in rubber boots!
Bill has a special shepherds hook. It is long and the hook is very narrow. You can’t catch an ewe with the regular shepherds hook very well if you are chasing them. Some ewes need to be caught to reunite with their lamb or they need some medical attention. The narrow hook is just the size to catch the ewe’s leg so he can grab them and guide them to where they need to go. Both hooks can be used to guide the sheep and lambs.
I never use that narrow hook because I am not that fast or coordinated. But I use the wide hook to guide the ewes and lambs. It is also good for using on rocky ground to keep me sturdy. I am sure the Shepherd David, who turned King, used that hook as he walked in the places where he took care of the sheep.
I am reminded that God loves us and is ‘hooked’ on us. He wants to gently guide us and led us in paths of righteousness if we allow Him. He rejoices when one what is lost or needs guidance is found.
Then Jesus told them this story:
If any of you has 100 sheep, and one of them gets lost, what will you do? Won’t you leave the 99 in the field and go look for the lost sheep until you find it? And when you find it, you will be so glad that you will put it on your shoulder and carry it home. Then you will call in your friends and neighbors and say, “Let’s celebrate! I’ve found my lost sheep.”
Jesus said, “In the same way there is more happiness in heaven because of one sinner who turns to God than over 99 good people who don’t need to.” Luke 15:3-7 (CEV)
It comforts me to know that the Good Shepherd loves to take care of me, He wants the best for me, and loves to guide me in all my life decisions. He wants to do that for all of us.
In this picture, Bill is guiding one back to its momma using the long hook. Sometimes they get confused or cannot find their momma, so he helps guides them back to where they can hear their momma’s voice.
Just as a shepherd looks after the sheep and lambs with his hook, the Good Shepherd wants to make sure we have the best possible care. We just need to ask for it.
The Good Shepherd is ‘hooked on us.’ What an amazing and comforting thought!