We returned from family vacation in the mountains last week. We were saddened to leave the family and all the kiddos, but anxious to get back home, to our bed, and especially to Scooter, our puppy. “Do you think he’ll remember us?” “What do you think he’s been doing?” “Will he be mad that we boarded him?” We mentally worked through every scenario all the while our minds playing the usual tricks.
Bright and early the day after arrival, we were at the vet’s door, and there was Scooter, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, wagging happily to see us. It so happened at the same time someone brought in some baby lambs, and Scooter, being the Great Pyrenees guardian/shepherd he was born to be, stood guard. It’s a good thing — those lambs tend to get into trouble.
There are a lot of references to sheep in the Bible. That’s kind of humiliating because I’ve observed sheep, cute as they are, sheep just aren’t the smartest animals God created. While learning about Great Pyrenees dogs, I’ve also learned about sheep. They are easily spooked, vulnerable, have no defense mechanisms, and they can’t run fast. They need a lot of help. Worst of all, they tend to follow each other, even if it means to their own death. I read once that if one sheep walked off of a cliff, the rest of the sheep would follow.
When I think about it, we humans have fallen for the same lies, the same addictions, the same patterns, since time began, again and again. That’s why we all need a Shepherd — the Great Shepherd.
If I’m going to be referred to as a sheep, I want to be a smart one – one that stays close to the Great Shepherd’s protection.
Where do you want to be?
Isaiah 53:6 “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.”