Needing a Shepherd

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 34:11-16

I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. (v. 11 NIV)

In the villages of southern Germany, shepherds still tend their flocks. One crisp fall
morning, a lamb was born as I watched from the kitchen window. It quickly stood on wobbly
legs, nursing eagerly from its mother. Later that morning the shepherd was moving the
sheep to another pasture. As he headed off, the sheep obediently followed, except the
mother whose little lamb was still too weak for the journey. She dashed after the
shepherd, then looking back at her lamb, bolted back to it. Increasingly distressed, she
seemed to know she was unable to do what was needed to both care for her babe and follow
the shepherd. My anxiety grew as well. Did he not see her distress? Would he carry on,
oblivious to her need?

Settling the flock in their new pasture, he turned back to the abandoned ewe and her
lamb. Leaving his dog to watch the others, he returned. Lifting the little lamb to his
shoulders, he led the mother to the rest of the flock.

How often have I thought that God was oblivious to my need? How many times have I
questioned what he is doing?

God affirms that he is our Good Shepherd, binding up the injured, strengthening the
weak, going after the one who has lost his way, carrying the lambs in his bosom. He will
never abandon us.

PRAYER

I praise you, Good Shepherd, for your unfailing care.