Pictures presenting the 23rd Psalm generally show a beautiful valley with green grass, cool running water, and healthy sheep but reality is that every shepherd has to deal with sick sheep, weak sheep, wayward sheep. All sheep need care from time to time. Even even-tempered, obedient sheep must on occasion face hardship.

The shepherd rejoices when the flock is well-fed, obedient, contented and lying down in green pastures, but they have to be kept on the move. Food and water supplies run out. Floods come and the shepherd has to seek higher ground. Sometimes valleys, rugged terrain, mud and mire must be crossed. There are cold and wet seasons; there are hot and dry seasons. New lambs must be birthed; old sheep must die. Mountains must be climbed; cliffs must be scaled. Muscles are build by effort not by a life of ease.

The Psalm 23 picture is where the Shepherd wants you to be but you must follow the Shepherd to get there and the path will not always be easy.  He will take you through the hardships.

The old hymn, “He Leadest Me” written by Joseph Gilmore over 150 years ago, says  “His faithful follower I would be, For by His hand He leadeth me.”

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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6 Responses to THE GOOD SHEPHERD

  1. Amen! Good reminder, Oneta. The road is sometimes pocked with potholes, but eventually the path becomes smoothe.

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    Psalm 23 has, as for many, become one of my staples. I appreciate that sheep can also become diseased, stinking, and need to be shorn as part of their comfort and productivity! Hmmmm….

  3. Faye says:

    Shearing time. Oh how we all hate to have to get rid of what God is removing to lighten our loads. Psm 23 is one of my staple references to all areas of life. As we age perhaps the things the Shepherd shears away are the things that we thought ‘identified’ us. He wants us to journey on always knowing that He must be the first and Primary Love……everything else is just the ‘fleece’ that envelopes our earthly body. (thank you dawnLiz…your comment took my thoughts spiralling onto an interesting biblical journey I must explore today.) Blessings and Peace! thanks Oneta for your blog!.

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