Before I had children I taught 2nd grade for 6 years. 2nd graders still love school, love their teacher, and most days love each other. I always told my parents at Meet the Teacher, “I promise to not believe everything they say about you if you promise not to believe everything they say about me.” Isn’t this the truth! Their imaginations can definitely be quite powerful at such an age. At the same time they had such a hunger to know more about God. I was fortunate to work at a private Christian school where I could openly share about our Father. One of my favorites to teach was our weekly Bible lesson. Each week my students would beg me to write a script for them to act the stories out. The more I shared from the Bible the more I realized God is the ultimate storyteller. Made me think about my story and how different it looked than what I had expected. I found myself childless in a room full of children. Wanting more than anything to take control and somehow make a baby appear. If only I had a magic wand.
How does your story look? Is it different than what you had expected? God never promised an easy life but he promises a fulfilled one in Him. He even talks about being our Shepherd. On the flip side that would make us his sheep. Can you imagine me explaining this one to my students? Lots of giggles and baaaaaas.
Benefits of Being a Sheep:
- Their Shepherd Guides Them
Are you feeling lost? Not sure of your next step? Turn to God’s Word and ask for wisdom.
Psalm 23:3, “He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.”
- Their Provisions are Met
Needing a financial breakthrough? Healing? A Job? Speak God’s Word about your situation, not your fears.
Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.”
- They are Protected
Are you afraid? The uncertainty of the future scare you?
Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
But what is even more amazing to me is how sheep truly trust their shepherd. Why wouldn’t they though? The shepherd has taken care of the sheep from day 1. What if a sheep decided one day to be like “Peace out guys. I’m going to venture out on my own and trust in my own woolly existence.” I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for that sheep to realize how foolish he had been. Are you trusting in your own abilities? Your bank account? Your plan? I was definitely guilty of the last one…trusting in MY plan. If those things disappeared would your identity be shaken? My plan was first marriage, then teaching careers, buy and decorate the house, then babies. But God definitely taught me a thing or two about trusting in His plan and timing. I had to surrender my plan and trust Him fully. God wants to be your shepherd. Surrender your plans, fears, and dreams to Him and trust that He will direct your steps to complete His ultimate story of redemption in you and others.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”