He restores my soul.
A grassy hill, a sloping field sits in front of our house. Occasionally, when it cools down with a crisp sharp change, a lone deer will stand and stare.
I imagine it sometimes more of a pretty meadow and I love to picture a flock of fat fuzzy sheep gathered together, content in their position.
I read this morning of our all-knowing God, His knowing us completely, our good things and our struggles.
I thought of Him as a shepherd and imagined one sheep who had found a solitary corner, separate from the rest.
One might think illness, pregnant with a baby lamb or some limitation causing it to stay back, to retreat.
Like a sheep all alone on purpose, I’m prone to retreat. Sometimes to rest my mind, filter out the excess. Sometimes healthy or something else.
Other times the cause is remorse, sometimes insecurity, sometimes shame, or uncertainty.
I learned long ago to find a corner and to sit with it all, wanting someone to notice or praying no one noticed at all.
Until I convinced myself to get up and carry on.
We have a shepherd who is loyal, not going to leave us behind or desire that we sulk off separate from rest.
God sees our good. He also sees our not good. Our emotions and negative names we give ourselves are just as troubling to Him as our sin, I believe.
Were we able to audibly hear Him calling our name, saying “Come here, come out from that corner!”
We’d hear him say, I imagine, “I give you safety not fear. I created you to be confident, not afraid, I will equip you to do great things, don’t be insecure. Remorse is not required of you.
You are forgiven.”
Then He might tell me a story or a few of them about others like me who got lost and were found and found again.
And if this were so, I imagine there would be an embrace and perhaps, He would say:
“Stay with me. Stay longer this time, Lisa Anne.
Everything I did and have done. It is for you, for you to follow, fully believing.
I am loyal, your loyal shepherd.
I don’t see your struggles the way you believe I do, I see them simply as not meant for you. I see you meant for more. This is why I am loyal, why I gave my life for your peace.”
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-every one-to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:5-6
This post was prompted by the Five Minute Friday community, Kate gave us the word loyal and like most times, I’m sure I took more than five minutes to finish, still, I am linking up with others. Kate Motaung writes about the loyalty she observed while in Africa. Read here: Loyal