Thursday, January 8, 2009

Shepherd and Sheep

It's interesting when we find ourselves in a situation that causes us to realize how easy we really have it in life. Maybe it's just the fear of a possible change that brings us to a place of incredible appreciation for the way things are now. It's funny what we take for granted and how it takes either losing or coming close to losing it before we can be thankful for it. Why do we live like this…in this constant pendulum swing from one extreme to another; in this state of standing right on the edge until we begin to slip? What makes us so stubborn and un-teachable?

I understand why God compares us to children and even sheep. Sometimes I feel like that child who hears my Father’s voice telling me not to touch, and yet I slowly reach my hand toward the forbidden object kind of peeking out of the corner of my eye to see if I will be stopped. And when I finally reach out and touch it and get hurt, I cry and ask my Father why He let me touch it in the first place. This seems to be the cycle for many sometimes. I pray that one day I will grow to the point where I don’t feel the need to touch the things my Father tells me to stay away from.

I even feel like this when it comes to my own contentment versus my need for God. When things are going well, I recognize that I “need” God, but rarely do I ever call upon Him. It’s only when things start to slip out of my control that I enact that need. When life is good I recognize how much God takes care of me and blesses me even when I don’t deserve it, however when life gets crazy I find it harder to recognize such things.

I am thankful for a God who is patient with me through my worst moments, and whose love doesn’t depend on my obedience or faithfulness. I am thankful for my Shepherd, who carries me on His shoulders back to safety.