The Bible likens us to sheep not snakes; lambs not lions for we are just as helpless, simple-minded and vulnerable to the wiles of our adversary, as they are. They need a protector; so do we. They are unable to see dangers ahead; we are unable to see beyond our noses. They wander off and get lost because they have no sense of direction; we wander on our own paths and lose our way. They get stuck in thickets of grass; we get stuck in thickets grown by our darling sins. They think that they are smarter than they are; we think that we are smarter than we are.
Thankfully, the pasture in which we feed belongs to our good shepherd God (Psalm 100:3 – Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture). God knows every vulnerable spot in the pasture and every predator that roams the pasture for He owns the pasture in which we roam (Psalm 24: 1 – The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it….). Knowing the ins and outs of our playground as sheep, gives Him the advantage to continually protect, provide and guide us (Psalm 23: 1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want); and indeed He protects us when those pesky nasal flies emerge.
Nasal flies are a bother to sheep – they come out during warm weather and buzz around the sheep’s nose attempting to lay their eggs on the sheep’s damp mucous. To gain relief, the sheep run and hide and beat their heads against rough surfaces (rocks or trees), often times injuring and in rare instances, killing, themselves. Some sheep stop eating and sleeping altogether out of sheer frustration. The loving shepherd recognizing the discomfort of the sheep finds them and pours oil on the heads and noses of the sheep. The oil, sweet in fragrance, repels those pesky flies and offers the sheep a period of peace from all disturbances.
We too experience little disturbances like our sheep colleagues – these frustrations and annoyances get to our heads and we do everything in our power to gain relief of some sort. Sometimes we “beat up our heads” to find solutions; we lose sleep and weight over annoyances; we run to our trusted places of comfort to be soothed from the buzzing; and we hide in our places of safety. Still, none of our attempts offer relief for we were never meant to carry these little frustrations and disturbances within our hearts or try to escape them on our own.
Our good shepherd has the magic portion that will offer us peace and protection from the buzz of our pesky annoyances and disturbances in our lives. He wants to soothe our spirits with his oil of peace and asks us to release the little things to him: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5: 7.
Broken, toxic or strained relationships – BUZZ! Financial woes – BUZZ! BUZZ! Sickness of the mind and body – BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ! I’m not sure what pesky flies are buzzing around your head and heart…but I do know that they are not worth losing sleep, weight or your life over – cast them to your good shepherd.
Peace, love and blessings,
Scripture of the Week – Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
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