“He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them in the fold of His garment.” (Isaiah 40:11)
In reading this verse, I found myself curious to learn more about sheep. What is it about this creature which makes us so much alike?
- Sheep form relational bonds. They are social animals who enjoy having a best friend.
- Sheep are defenseless animals having no means of protecting themselves.
- Sheep have good hearing but poor vision, therefore, often cannot see where they are going. This is the very reason they respond well to voices.
- Sheep have excellent memory. Combine this with the above fact and you have the very reason they can memorize up to fifty human voices.
- Sheep cannot right themselves from certain positions. Left alone, they would die in about one hours time.
- Sheep are nervous, timid and easily frightened animals. When fearful, they react and run even if they do not know where they are running.
We bear such similarity to sheep …
We have a strong desire for a best friend, someone to hear our innermost thoughts and share our burdens. We are often defenseless, bearing injuries from circumstances and relationships. Many times we, as well, have no idea where we are headed in life. Perhaps we have even wandered aimlessly at times. We possess the ability of memory, holding onto both the good and the bad. We even hold onto memories we would have been better off to let go of. We can find ourselves in predicaments and positions which we cannot right on our own. And who of us, has not been known to run even when we have no idea where we are running?
Seriously, I am discovering I am in greater need of a shepherd than I ever could have realized. And gratefully, I have one ….
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11, NLT)
“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep and they know me.”
(John 10:14, NLT)
I have a Shepherd who leads me where I will be protected and safe. He will fight for me. My needs will be provided. He will go before me to lead the way, calling so I will hear His voice. He does not leave me alone but pursues me when I have gone awry. He brings His peace when I am fearful so I will not run amok.
He is the Shepherd and gratefully, I am one of His sheep.