You know the Bible references sheep often. I saw a verse this week in one of my daily emails, and deleted it. Now I wish I hadn’t, but it was talking about us being sheep, and Jesus being our shepherd. I am a farm girl, raised on a farm, love the farm, still own calves, and spent Sunday night moving calves from one pasture to another. While I’m no expert on sheep, I do have a lot of cattle experience, and I’ve been thinking about that verse ever since I deleted it. Calves don’t know things that I do, that’s why I need to be in charge and they need to listen. I want them to be in fields that have enough grass and have full ponds, but there are always those calves that don’t want to cooperate, that want to try to run off or stay where they are. Normally, I win, but when they don’t cooperate, it’s only harder for both of us. I’m like one of those obstinate calves, the kind I want to send to the stockyard and sell. I want to stay where I am, I want to do things my own way, and I think I know best, when truly, my farmer, Jesus, knows the better plan. He knows things I don’t know. He knows where the full ponds are, and where there is plenty of grass. Why do I continually think my way is better, that if I could just have my way, things would be fine. I guess because I’m dense, and sometimes have the understanding and foresight of a calf. I can’t see more than the grass in front of my face. Thankfully, Jesus has unending patience and love, and he doesn’t send me to the stockyard for slaughter. He keeps guiding, keeps nudging, keeps trying to steer me to the right pasture.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
Today my prayer is to submit, to quit relying on what I know, and instead be lead to the hope and future the Lord has for me. I pray the same for you, too!