Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3, NIV.
When I was 6 years old, our family moved to a small farm. During the next few weeks, Dad brought home some chickens for our henhouse, kittens for the barn, and a springer spaniel for the doghouse. But what excited me the most was a pair of sheep that soon munched contentedly in our pasture.
Although my sister Karen and I were small, the sheep didn’t frighten us. We loved digging our fingers deeply into their thick wool coats and patting their smooth black faces.
The summer months turned into fall, and fall into winter. One cold morning in December, Mother woke us up and told us to get dressed. “Put on your coats and boots. There’s a surprise out in the barn.”
We trudged out through the snow and opened the stable door.
“Look,” said Karen, pointing to a dark corner. There stood Sheba and a pair of newborn lambs.
Some months later I found another surprise out in the barn. I went out to do my morning chores and couldn’t find the sheep. But I did find the corral gate standing wide open. I hurried back to the house and reported to my parents that the four woolly inmates had made a mad dash for freedom. Dad, figuring that I was responsible for the open gate, gave me orders to track down the escapees and return them at once.
It wasn’t hard to find the sheep. I just followed the hoofprints. There they were on the other side of Maiden Lane, enjoying the grass around the Lentzes’ vineyard-: Finding them was easy. Getting them back home wasn’t. I pushed and shoved, moaned and groaned, but they chose to stay right where they were. Finally Dad had to bring the pickup truck and haul them back to the barn.
My childhood experiences with our pet sheep gave me an idea of what it must have been like for David when he cared for his father’s flock some 3,000 years ago.
For the next few days we’re going to take a look at Psalm 23 and see if we can learn something new about the old art of sheep herding and God’s care for His children.
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