If you attended the Hearing the Shepherd's Heart luncheon, click the link below here to download a one page summary of thoughts that go along with Linda Boswell's beautiful painting we gave you a print of, and the little clay sheep I made. Is 40 11 Who Is Your Lamb
"If people can become more familiar with sheep again in our 21st century world, the significance of those ideas [expressed by sheep analogies in Scripture] ...will not be lost."
"When it rains on the sheep, the shepherds get wet."
Shepherd is not only aware of the mother's concern for her babies, ...He is also sensitive to it and willingly takes action to help her with her concerns.
Through the years I have had a hard time understanding the three parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son, as a set; have you? I thought of them as independent stories, often taught as though they are unrelated to one another. Distracted by the details of unfamiliar situations, (having never searched for a sheep, or coin, or been so hungry as to want to eat pig slop), I was challenged get a handle on the underlying message Jesus conveyed. It must have been a really important message, since He tried three different ways to get it across! It's as if He was thinking, "Okay, if they can't relate to that first one, maybe they'll get one of these other two!" Now that my life experience with sheep has given me insight to help me understand one of these stories better I find it easier to see the underlying themes of all three. They hold together far better than I imagined!
"Like sheep, we can tend to be too clued in to our immediate surroundings, especially when those surroundings produce anxiety, worry, or fear. We may not "see" or remember well what our Shepherd has already done for us, nor be able to "see" very well what He has for us straight ahead. Sometimes when He wants us to move forward, all we can see are the obstacles to what we know He is calling us to do."