I am a shepherd of sorts, because I take care of a small herd of goats. These goats teach me a lot of things, usually things I’d rather not realize about myself. Jesus is my shepherd and often times I can compare things in my life to the relationship that I as shepherd have with these goats. Yesterday was no exception!
It should have been easy for me to
help her get her head back out of the fence. However, as I reached down to help
she began to struggle and fight trying to free herself. This made the whole
situation worse. It was about this time I could hear the scripture “ Be still,
and know that I am God:” 46:10. I knew I needed to take a lesson from my
little trapped friend. You see, I am not much different than that goat.
In the midst of many problems in my life I cry out for God to come save me, yet when
I am safely in his hand I still struggle. I can’t just let God do his thing - I
have to try handle the situation.
Just like that goat I throw a
bigger fit when I am much safer than I was before. I need to stay
calm and let God deal with the problem. If the goat would just relax, she would be out
of the fence and it would be over with. I need to learn this lesson also: not to
fret, worry and ponder over how I am going take care of whatever my anxiety
is. I must remember “Do not be anxious about
anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present
your requests to God.” 4:6
No, there is nothing that God cannot take care of for me. I must choose to be still.