What does it mean to be a sheep?
While meditating on Psalm 23, I suddenly had a mental picture of a sheep. The sheep was standing next to the shepherd with his own little staff, pretending to be a shepherd himself. It was a pretty ridiculous mental picture. Yet… how often in my life have I done this?
I understand many of the different identity images presented in the Bible – that of a servant, a son, a warrior. But what about this image of being a sheep? What is this image of having no ability to care for myself or do anything useful apart from the shepherd?
For years I have been so involved in helping God out that I have forgotten this: God doesn’t need my help. In fact, I am pretty much useless to Him if I try to figure out my direction or lead others in a direction that He has not indicated. Every action that I perform should be a response to an action that He is performing. I need to lie down and rest after He has led me to do so. I need to walk through the valley with out fear because He is with me.
Can I break my old habits? Can I stop running here and there long enough to see the new things that He wants to give me? Can I stop being the organizer long enough to discern His will to touch people’s hearts around me?
God, I want these new things. I want to hear You in new and deeper ways. I don’t want to just seek out the next direction. I want to seek Your heart.