THE SHEPHERD AND THE SHEEP
“He makes me lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2 NIV)
There’s this picture that I recently viewed. The sheep is lying on his side nestled in a luxurious spread of green grass. It is a pasture filled with many standing sheep. But this particular sheep is at complete peace and quiet.
I wonder, could I be this sheep just for a spell? I remember the 23rd Psalm. It always quiets my soul and leads me to complete peace and comfort. I feel the presence of the Lord.
Reading the Psalm is not quite the same as being in the Psalm, so I decide to turn the world off, and I become the sheep in the picture.
O----o, it feels so good lying here. The grass is silky and cool, causing all my senses to open up and relax. Even my wool cannot block its effect. If I were to open my eyes, I would see the bluest of sky filled with white puffy clouds. The clouds are floating along with no reason for alarm. Peace is the order for the day.
Earlier my shepherd was herding me along. I felt no want as I knew he would provide all my needs. I am watched over, fed, and my steps are guided. He knows my coming and my going.
Soon he will lead me beside quiet waters. The waters gentle ripples will quiet my soul. I will drink of its purity. The light of the sun surely will sparkle in the tiny little waves. Beauty will be in all that it is. It will restore all that is wrong in my soul.
The shepherd will then lead me down the right path. He will lead me with the flock to his planned destination. I will fear no evil as I do not travel unprotected. If lost, I know he will not give up until I am found and returned.
My shepherd loves me. I feel it each time he touches my wool. I see his concern as he prepares my meal, and he keeps his ever alert for my enemies. He promises me a home for as long as I live.
I lie here in complete rest and peace. I trust in the one who watches over me.
I come back to the world, no longer living in the picture, but finding I am still a sheep. I am God’s sheep. He loves me and He has given me Jesus as my shepherd. Like in God’s Psalm, Jesus watches over me and He leads me to Heaven, where I will live forever.
Until then I will walk beside still waters and I will lie in green pastures. When called to do so, I will lead others to the great Shepherd. I will lead them to Jesus, and He will not leave them lost. They will feel His presence forevermore.
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