2013-12-30 - What Would a Shepherd Say?
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? (Luke 15:4 NIV)
Counting to 100 isnt as easy as it sounds. How about counting 100 sheep? That is part of the job as a sheepherder. A shepherd has to recheck for accuracy and consistency sake but then there comes a time when he may lose his place, or a sheep moves and its wide tail gets in the way and he ends up counting the same animal twice. Then the shepherd starts the counting process again till all the sheep are accounted for. A shepherd needs to be thorough, patient, and caring.
These animals are constantly in my view so if one sheep is in trouble I can call out and aid in its rescue. Its an awful feeling when one of the sheep strays. If I dwell on the fact and feel guilty, I will be no good to the other animals. Feeling badly wont bring back the lost sheep. That lost one consumes me until I find it. When one is found and comes home to join the others, I rush to tell my friends the great news.
Thank You, Lord for being our shepherd.