Every spring I take my children to a nearby farm to see all the baby animals. Last year there was a particular lamb that I was drawn to.
This little lamb was blind in one eye.
And He was standing all alone.
All the other lambs were running here and there with their mothers protectively chasing after them. This little guy looked lost. Scared. Overwhelmed by all that was going on around him.
He caught my eye because I knew how it felt to be lost. Scared. Overwhelmed.
My son spotted him standing there too, but not for the reasons I did - he just wanted to hold a lamb so badly!
He ran over and when the little lamb didn't try to run away from him, he immediately scooped him up into his arms. And then my son clung to him. Clung to him like he was never going to let go. And the lamb let him. Even snuggled into my son.
I realized something in that moment. The lamb? He didn't look so alone anymore. He didn't look so scared or overwhelmed. Why? Because he now had a Shepard that didn't just tend his flock, but carried it in his arms.
We have a Shepard too.
His name is Jesus.
When we are feeling lost, or overwhelmed in a chaotic life...
When we are blinded by the darkness around us....
May we KNOW there is a Shepard just waiting to scoop US up.
He wants to hold us and walk with us when we can't put a foot in front of the other. When we can't see the path in front of us. When we can't see a way out.
He wants to lift us above the chaos.
He wants to pull us close.
And He never wants to leave us.
Sometimes our troubles paralyze, blind, or immobilize us to one spot. We see this as a bad thing, but count it a blessing! If we are running here and there, we cannot be scooped up into Jesus' loving arms! And that my friend, is the greatest place to be!
"Like a Shepard he will tend his flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom." Isaiah 40:11
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