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Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)
TITLE: Where is the Shepherd?
By Holly Hoell
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It was time for band class. I sat down and put my clarinet together. The girl next to me asked if I had a hair brush. “Sure” I said as I pulled one out of my bag and handed it to her. She ran it through her hair once; then suddenly slammed it down across my knee. She laughed as she handed it back to me. I tried not to show the pain on my face as I put the brush back in my bag. Is this her idea of thanking me? I thought to myself.
I was tormented constantly by thoughts of why no one liked me. I didn't understand the ways of God at that time. I would ask Him why don't You help me? Can't You smite them like You did for David in the Old Testament? I wanted them all to pay for how mean they were.
Finally, it was time to go home for the day. I got on the school bus, happy that soon I would be home, safe and sound. Nervously I scanned the seats trying to find a friendly face or an empty seat. I walked about 10 rows back and saw an empty spot. It was further back than I would have liked, but beggars can't be choosers. I sat down silently, trying not to make eye contact with anyone.
One by one people got off the bus, now it was my turn. As we pulled up to my stop, I grabbed my book bag and stood up. One of the other kids yelled "Sit back down!" in a harsh, commanding voice. I froze in terror, what should I do? Luckily the bus driver said; "Isn't this your stop?" I hurriedly walked off the bus to safety. I shuddered to think what would have happened if that driver had remained silent. Where would I have ended up?
As I reflect on these things, I also think about another time where I could have been in grave danger. I was walking to the bus stop, when a man in a big truck stopped and asked me if I wanted a ride to school. Because of my fear of the other kids, I would have gladly avoided the bus. I told him "sure" and started to walk around the truck to get in the passenger seat. Instead, something told me; "What are you doing?" I told the man sorry I'd better ride the bus and kept on walking.
I had felt unloved and unprotected during those years. I realize now that the Lord my shepherd was with me and was watching over me the entire time. These trying situations are painful and beyond our understanding. This is a fallen world. Only by the grace of our precious Savior do we go; always knowing that He is our protector and never forsakes us. "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me." (PSA 118:6-7 NKJV). Because of Him, I was not harmed; He helped me in my time of need.
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