By Laura Ferguson


We are all wanderers, with heads turned at the slightest distraction. Even the most driven of us still has their distractions. This is probably why God uses the example of sheep to describe His beloved children. The thing I can’t wrap my mind around is His love and commitment to me despite my tendency to wander.

“And when he finds it he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors and says, ‘Rejoice with me. I have found my lost sheep.'”- Luke 15:5-6 (NIV)

The Lord is not disappointed or condemning when we’ve wandered away from Him or “fallen off the wagon”. He joyfully picks us up and does not speak of us in condemning terms or with a spirit of disappointment, as if He wishes we were “better” or “different”.

We do that. Not Him.

He celebrates us, on His own and with others, while knowing full well that we are prone to wander again. That is the very nature of the sheep–easily distracted and directionless without the leadership of another, they will continue to make mistakes or wander from perfect provision unless directed under the gentle hand of an all-knowing Shepard.

Whether your Shepard finds you elbow deep in a pint of ice cream, eyes glued to inappropriate images on the computer screen, or coveting something that will never be yours, it is His JOY to pick you up and bring you back home and it is His nature to think of you in nothing but merciful love.

In doing some research about sheep I found this sentence to be so wonderfully descriptive of our grace-filled life with Christ.

Their flocking behavior and quickness to flee and panic can make shepherding a difficult endeavor for the uninitiated.” 

Papa God is not only initiated in the “how-to’s” of herding His precious sheep, He is the Master and developer of the greatest and most provision-filled ways of doing so.

So whether you’ve wandered many times or only a few, let this reminder settle deep into those wounds that the enemy tries to slather in shame. Let this truth be a healing balm that covers and heals the deepest parts of your past.

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