‘Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them for ever.’ Psalm 28.9
It is a beautiful prayer of trust and surrender to say to the God who loves you – ‘be my shepherd’. The truth is, of course, that he is our shepherd anyway, but perhaps we don’t always take it as seriously as we might.
Shepherds lead their flocks, but they don’t always consult them about where they are going to be led! It might be interesting to ask yourself, “Where did my Shepherd lead me yesterday?” If you were in a challenging situation, you may well rather not have been facing it - but what if the Shepherd led you there? Perhaps he wanted you to learn something or to be there for someone else?
If this is the case, what about today? Are there situations that are causing you some anxiety? If so, what does this picture of a shepherd leading an anxious sheep say to you? Surely if the shepherd is doing the leading he will protect, guide and bless – and his task is so much easier if the sheep is not constantly trying to turn back and head in the opposite direction!
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