What kind of week have you had? We live in a world were busyness is praised and feeling weary and exhausted is a badge of honour. But is that really how we are created to live? Is in conducive to a life which seeks God first and helps us live a life in obedience to Him? Pastor Phil invites us to take a moment of silence and realign our lives with Christ as we journey together in considering “an unhurried life.”
Imagery of Jesus as the Good Shepherd permeates the Bible. One of the pictures we often see is of Jesus carrying a lamb on His shoulders.
Recently I was reading about the “Bummer Lambs”. Bummer lambs are rejected by their mothers for various reasons and raised by the shepherd in his home. He feeds them, keeps the warm and even lifts them to his chest so they hear his heartbeat. These lambs become so familiar with the voice of the shepherd and know his care that they can distinguish his voice and come to him as soon as he calls. Bummer lambs show by their response to the shepherd that they trust him.
The thought of Bummer lambs reminds me that when we feel rejected and alone, we have a place to go. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, says in the Bible that when we trust in Him He will never leave us or forsake us. It’s true, we can’t see Him, but we can know His presence, guidance and care through reading the Bible, prayer and the care of others. We don’t ever have to journey alone for He is with us always.
The Lord is My Shepherd I shall not want. He make me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.
Billy Graham once said,
“God proved his love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”
The question for us is what we will do with Christ, with the one we call Jesus. The answer you give today may last for all eternity!