“Then, when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the victor’s crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:4, NIV)
I am reading a book where Jesus is referred to as “The Chief Shepherd”. Not just “the Shepherd” but the CHIEF Shepherd. There are so many references to sheep in the Scriptures. I enjoy reading the parable about the lost sheep – where Jesus says that if 99 of his sheep are safe, but one is lost, the shepherd will go searching for that 99th sheep. (Luke 15: 3-7) I picture Him finding a little lamb, perhaps tangled up in weeds and hurtful briars, bleating helplessly for someone to come find him. I envision Jesus breaking away what binds the little lamb, picking it up, and while murmuring soft reassurances to the little thing, carrying it back to the fold on His shoulders.
I will share something else with you, too. I envision that I am that little lamb. So often I get tangled up in the weeds and briars of this life. I feel trapped, and scared, and helpless. Often those briars hurt. I have learned that the best thing to do is to “bleat” for help. “Lord,” I pray, “Help me!” He promises that He hears. I am learning not to struggle against the painful briars. That often produces more hurt. The solution, much like that of the little lamb is to get quiet and still, and ask for help.
When help does come, in whatever form it takes, I know that my shepherd is murmuring reassurances to me, ready to carry me back to the fold. The reassurances I find in my Bible. My fold – the believers around me, and those who have gone before me.
Jesus says, “”My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27 NASB). Are you listening for his voice today? If you are tangled up in the weeds and briars, call upon Him for help. He knows His sheep and He will come to find you, no matter where you are. He has promised us that. Take Him at His word – in His Word.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain and chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her multiple illnesses (Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest prayer that some of her lessons might be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. Deni can be reached at email@example.com. Her webpage is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com