Think Like a Sheep -From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to join me for a little “Coffee Hour” break. Come on in and let’s get back to the green pastures and stilled waters, David, the sheep and the Shepherd! 🙂

So we left off reminding ourselves that David knew who his Shepherd was and wasn’t just writing about the victories with the green pastures and the stilled waters; he was writing about the author of those victories, the creator of the green pastures, the giver of the stilled waters. He had, through life’s experiences, learned without a shadow of a doubt that his Shepherd would never leave him or bring harm to him; that he could face life courageously because he had nothing to fear as long as he remained His sheep.

happy sheep

The next verse resonates in my own life as incredibly relevant and true. As a matter of fact, I have experienced the Shepherd making me to lie down, but being tender enough to warn me that He was going to bring that about, so I feel a sort of kindred spirit with David and this beautiful image that we get from verse 2: “He (the Shepherd) makes me to lie down in green pastures. I wholeheartedly agree with this profound statement that Robinson, the author of “Trusting the Shepherd,” said: We live in a hectic, hurried, harassed age; an age in which we find it almost impossible to rest. We would like to rest, but somehow, we fear that if we do take time out, we will have such a hard time catching up again that it is hardly worth the trouble” Isn’t that so true? We have such a hard time just being that we miss more than we realize in the journey!

But let’s dig a little deeper into the historical and poetic symbolism, of which there is plenty. Sheep, like people, do not know when to rest, another reason they need a shepherd. Getting the flock to rest, for example, in preparation for a longer journey, can be difficult at best. Since the sheep are easily frightened, the slightest sound will send them scurrying back and forth, completely restless. The shepherd would then take them into a pasture with green grass, but he knows that hungry sheep will not lie down. So the shepherd moves among the flock and one by one, forces them to lie down in the green pastures. He makes them rest.

I don’t know about you, but now knowing this little tidbit and applying it to this verse of the 23rd Psalm, I can’t help but be awestruck by the Shepherd’s love for His sheep, and the reality of the necessity of sometimes having to make us to lie down.

Join me for more grazing tomorrow,

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