July 29 (John 10:14)
I am the good shepherd. I know my own
and my own know me. (ESV)
Not long ago we were at church talking with a friend just back from her mission trip when two other ladies of about the same age as our friend joined us. Suddenly a little guy, not much more than a toddler, started making his way through the crowd. He was the grandson of our friend, and I watched to see what he would do. With his eyes fixed on his grandma, he wove his way through the aisles, passed right in front of the other ladies, and joined the one he sought.
Grandma knew grandson, and he knew her, and he was not about to be deterred by all the other adults in between. He did not for a moment pause with other ladies who, at least in age, may have seemed like his grandma. They were not, and there was no fooling him.
Oh, friends. How often do we get distracted by that which seems helpful but really isn’t? How many times do we go after what we think will love us but never will? A sheep knows its shepherd, and a grandson knows his grandma. Are we really more distracted than a sheep or a little boy?
Jesus, I am embarrassed by the number of times I let other things get between us. Worse than that, I go after them even though You are in sight. Help me to be as innocent as a lamb and seek only You, my loving shepherd. Amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins