Sometimes I like to go on Pinterest and scroll through my board entitled "Art". I will look at paintings, illustrations, doodles, and it is relaxing and beautiful. Tonight I found myself stopped on a particular picture of sheep in the English countryside.
I remember riding a train from the bustle of London to the outskirts of the country, feeling so far away from the everyday cares. There is something about the rolling green, the placid sheep, the creamy sky, it settles down somewhere deep inside and makes me want to take a nap in cozy slippers.
When looking at the painting, the most intriguing part were the sheep in the foreground. Staring, grazing, perfectly still and calm. Protected. I felt safe just looking at them.
Then my study tonight just happened to be in John 10:1-18, where Christ describes himself as the Good Shepherd. I thought about what I had felt earlier about the sheep and then thought of myself as one of those sheep. Do I feel as calm and collected? As trustingly taken care of? Because, I am. I really am.
This pastoral scene I so longed to be a part of-- to go back to- was already inside. Daily I have the ability to feel that calm, that guide, leading me through life. Like the sheep, staring you in the eye and standing still, because I know my Shepherd and know that he knows me.
"Sometimes we may find ourselves lost in a world of uncertainty. With so many concerns vying for our attention we may not hear the whisper of the still, small voice, we may not have time to seek out the Clarion call, and the sure and steady instructions from the scriptures may be set aside. With time we may find that we are lost. In quiet moments we might feel a silent ache that is masked during the busy flurry of our lives. We might turn to loved ones or favorite pastimes for relief, but in the still moments the longing will remain. In those tender moments we must remember that there is one who has set aside everything to seek us."
Emily Freeman, 21 Days Closer to Christ, p50
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