God’s Sheep

This is the eighth in a series of nine photovotionals based on the photo prints
of mine which we have hanging on our walls in our home in Brandon, Florida.

The farmer up the road from Refuge Ranch here in Mexico frequently takes his sheep to greener pastures. On this particular day a couple of his family members were leading the sheep right across the road (use the term “road” loosely) from the house at Refuge Ranch. I quickly grabbed the camera and this is one of the images I captured.

The psalmist declared, Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3) The imagery of us being God’s sheep is a strong and pervasive image in the Bible. It might be an image that’s hard to comprehend for modern suburban or urban people, but it is an image that has resonated well through the centuries and still does today in many third world countries, and Mexico too! I frequently see one or two people keeping watch over their flock as the sheep graze, often along the busy highways and roadways we travel here in Mexico.

You watch the shepherd (or shepherdess) and he (or she) is giving 100% of their time to tending the flock. God is intentional about wanting us to see Him as our shepherd and we as His sheep. He wants us to know that He is always with us, watches over us, leads us, protects us, provides for us, and in general really cares a great deal for us, just as the shepherd does for the sheep.

Keep in mind, too, that the sheep is not the smartest animal in the barnyard, has few defenses against attack, and is, in general, a high maintenance animal. We’re like this to God! Let’s not take offense, however, for any negative aspect of comparing us to sheep is more than compensated for by the fact that the Lord is our shepherd and a very good shepherd at that!

What kind of care do you need from the Good Shepherd at this point in time? Do you need rest, rescuing by His shepherd’s crook, comfort, direction, a sound whack by His rod, nourishment of some kind from His green pastures, refreshment of some nature from His still waters, or something else that comes to mind when you think of God being your Good Shepherd?

It’s a powerful image, the shepherd taking care of his sheep. It’s why we have such an image hanging in our living room in Florida. I always want to remember that the Lord is my shepherd!

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23:1)

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