As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. (NIV)
Thought for the Day: The Shepherd’s Crook
When I was a young woman I lived with my grandmother for a period of time as I began a youth director position in a church. After a year, I decided it was time to get out on my own so I searched to find a house to purchase. I found the cutest little house and worked with my father to make financial arrangements, including him taking a penalty of withdrawal from a bank account. The day of the home closing, I received a call that the owners had backed out and that I would not be able to purchase that home. I was devastated. As I reflect back over that situation, I can imagine a shepherd’s crook grabbing me from the edge of a cliff and pulling me back. I had made a decision that would have changed my life in a negative way and God intervened in order to save me from that decision. Occasionally I still drive by that house, which is now run down and “not so cute”, and remember how close I was to making a bad decision and how God literally stopped it from happening.
How many times does the Shepherd protect us from making decisions that would not be in His will. Knowing He will leave the flock to find me is a precious blessing.
Prayer: God, thank you for always being with us as we make decisions and choices. You are always near to keep us safe from life decisions and lead us to safety.
Prayer Focus: Those making important decisions