Sheep Sharing

What’s Your Favorite Sheep Story?
 
Our Bible Study group has been talking a lot about sheep since we are studying Scouting the Divine. One of the questions we discussed was “What’s your favorite sheep story or passage about sheep in the Bible?” There are many choices – the Bible is full of imagery about sheep and shepherds. Some popular favorites might be: Psalm 23, Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18), or the shepherds in the fields when baby Jesus was born (Luke 2:8-20).
 
My favorite sheep story in the Bible is when Jesus tells this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’” (Luke 15:4-6 NIV).
 
Jesus then compares the rejoicing over this lost sheep being found to the rejoicing that takes place in Heaven when one (spiritually) lost person is found.
 
I know a lot about what it’s like to be lost. For one thing, I have a terrible sense of direction and spend quite a bit of my time retracing my steps in an unfamiliar place, trying to get to where I’m going.
 
But for another thing, I, like many of you, have spent time being spiritually lost as well.
Sometimes we might feel like we’ve done something – or many somethings – that separate us from God. Or perhaps something has happened to us that is so tragic, we feel that no one, even God, could possibly love us. Or, maybe it’s not even that dramatic – perhaps we just feel like we are in a place of spiritual wandering, looking for direction.
 
In any case, it is a great comfort to know that whenever I feel lost, God will find me and guide me back to green pastures. God will do something as silly as a shepherd who leaves 99 sheep behind… to come and find ME. And God will do the same for you.
 
What’s your favorite sheep story? When is a time when God has come to find you? 
 
In the everlasting love of the Good Shepherd,
Pastor Christie

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