Following the Good Shepherd
If you were standing in a valley with the Great Shepherd…now picture Him here standing beside you staff in hand, strongand trustworthy, full of love and compassion…and He is pointing up a long steep, rocky, slippery pathway winding upward with no end in sight, and He says, “Will you follow me?”Would you say, “Yes”? If He told you that He wanted to take you to a beautiful summit, but in order to get there, you would have to go through some very difficult trials, would you still want to go there with Him? Would you even trust Him that He could bring you to the beautiful place he was describing?
He is calling…and desires each one of us to say, “Yes, we will come with You, no matter what the trial, we will trust You.”
Now in reality, we have to ‘expect the unexpected’. The path on which we follow Christ has to bring us to the end of ourselves, and only He knows what that is for each one of us. So we will not see what is ahead of us, but we need to trust that our Shepherd does know, and that He will lead us every step of the way.
…”for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
We can never reach the summit if SELF is in the way. That is why the path is perfectly ordered to rid us of SELF. SELF blinds us – it has too many ideas of its own, too many thoughts about how things should be, or what IT wants out of life. Each of the trials on the steep treacherous path is meticulously created to get rid of SELF in each of us.
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ…” 1 Peter 1:6-7
Are you willing to accept the path He lays out for you?Will you trust Him?
The Lord is My Shepherd by Simon Dewey
Photos by Jeremy