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In the study, Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg, the second session records a current-day shepherdess and the relationship with one of her ill sheep. She had summoned a vet, administered medicine, all with concern and compassion. The love and devotion of the shepherdess brought tears to my eyes as I pictured God’s tender care as The Great Shepherd.
I picture God comforting His children through difficulties. I think of friends who battle devastating diseases—the e-mails and quiet conversations discussing the horrors of illness and yet the awestruck amazement that in their darkest moments they feel the presence of God.
I consider the precious women God has brought into my life. Some walk close to the Shepherd and hang on His every word. Others roam the pasture not quite sure where they fit in the fold. Many stay outside God’s care, not truly believing He is trustworthy or He will somehow keep them from experiencing all they desire. And within all of them is a hunger to be known and loved.
Wolves are in the world, storms will come, rivers are swift, and fires sweep over the open range. Yet those who follow God, The Great Shepherd, will guide you safely through every dark valley.
No wolf can snatch you from His care. He’ll keep your head afloat when you pass through raging rivers. In the fires He will shield you from the flames. And when death comes, He’ll guide you home—forever safe.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the Good Shepherd and we are forever safe in Your loving hands.
From Living Joyfully Free Devotion by Lisa Buffaloe