A while back I lived in the state of Oregon in the country. Each morning as I drove into work I was taken in by the beauty of those emerald fields, miles of green pasture hills that looked so soft. The early morning sunlight beaming across those fields was a picture never to be removed from the memory of my mind.
One day I decided to take my camera and take a few pictures. Pulling my car over, while stepping off the car I noticed one great, big beautiful oak tree in the middle of this field. The sunlight was hitting it just right, and about a dozen sheep were so comfortably lounging under this tree. I thought, wow, what a great picture. Closing my car door quietly, I stepped out of my car to capture this amazing breath taking picture.
I lifted my camera to take a picture, holding my breath, as to not get out of focus, I clicked my camera. Suddenly I heard a noise to my left, a cry so loud it frightened me. Jumping and turning to see where this cry was coming from, my heart beating what seemed like 90 miles an hour. Catching my breath, as I realized it was a little sheep hanging upside down and all twisted in the barbed wire. As I came closer, and tried to help this helpless little sheep, she panicked and cried. Looking to see how to untangle the little sheep was no easy chore. I realized the little sheep must have tried to eat the grass on the other side of the fence. While stepping in between the lower wire and the second wire, she must have slipped trying to get over and got all tangled up, and now she was hanging upside down. After finding someone to help me untangle her, she was just happy to be free, and ran to the herd under the big oak tree.
Sitting in my car, and late to my office the Holy Spirit spoke gently to my heart. Like that little sheep tangled in the barbed wire so trapped and hurting, and could have been killed if a coyote would have found it first, are like so many of my people, says the Lord. Christians, caught and trapped in sin, caught in relationships they should not be in, hanging with the wrong people, trapped in vices, drugs, drinking, things they know are not good for them. Like this little sheep’s thinking, the grass was greener on the other side; it was a trick in this sheep’s mind. The field the sheep was in had everything it needed to be satisfied. Take a moment, and read Psalm 23:1-6. The Great Shepherd wants to satisfy your life, and all your needs. He can get you out of the trap you are in. Jesus loves you, and is just waiting for you to ask Him, cry out, LORD HELP ME. Psalm 30:10; Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”
Remember when you are hardest hit, you must not quit. God bless you.
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