SHEPHERD OF MY HEART

In ancient times tending a flock of sheep was considered a necessary part of society.  Sheep were important for their milk, their fleece and their meat.  Being a shepherd was often delegated to the youngest male in a clan instead of his inheriting land.  The job description went something like this.  Must be willing to give up any normal family life, because of extensive time away from home and a nomadic life style.  Tend to a herd of stubborn animals that think nothing of straying from the flock.  Protecting them with your life.  Making sure that each and every one of them makes it safely to its destination.  Compensation:  Nothing to very little.

The correlation of our Savior as the Good Shepherd is so beautifully connected to what Jesus is to us.  He had nothing of earthly value except the sheep under His care.  He went from town to town and trudged across  miles of rugged country to tend to their spiritual needs.  He protected them from the greatest predator of all – the devil, He healed many, He performed miracles, He fed them with the nourishment of God’s Holy Scriptures, He led a life of infinite perfection and took all the foolishness of the flock on His own shoulders when He died on the cross and rose again to life.

He protects me daily with the armor of His salvation and is constantly at my side as I face adversity, fear and anxiety. He is also with me in the good times – encouraging me, lifting me up and spurring me on.

Sheep are known to be rather dumb animals.  They think nothing of roaming to greener pastures just to fill their bellies.  They have one goal in life and that is to do their own thing.  Aren’t we so much like them?  We travel through life, often with no real direction.  We say we are spiritual people, but we don’t take time to feed on the Word of God.  We always look for things that will please us rather than God.  We stray like those silly sheep.  We need someone to keep us on track – on the narrow way – on God’s path.

Jesus is the perfect shepherd.  He referred to Himself in just those words.

John 10:14  “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.”

When we feel like our lives have no direction – that things are falling down around us – when nothing good ever happens – when health fails, bills mount up, there is no hope – we can look to our Good Shepherd and ask Him to get us back on track.  Not only do we ask in confidence, but we will receive the peace and comfort that He will answer.

Thank you, Lord, for being my perfect shepherd – for fighting off all my enemies – for guiding me to the gate that leads to heaven – for bringing me safely home – for giving your life to save me and all who believe in you and follow your ways.  Amen!

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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2 Responses to SHEPHERD OF MY HEART

  1. I love the parable Jesus told in Luke 15:1-7:

    Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
    3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (NIV)

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I love this parable. In researching shepherds I discovered that they would carry a wounded lamb on their shoulders until the wound healed and to keep them close. They also anointed the sheep with oil which would keep gnats and other bugs from getting in their eyes. They truly take their job seriously.

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