Blog by Jon. King
Sheep can be quite stupid, but they give me much food for thought when I consider God as the Great Shepherd. I have a small group of 1 year old ewes in a couple of fields where the grass is green, but for some reason one of them keeps getting her head stuck in the fencing. I hear it bleating for help and have to release the yearling from its snare. The ewe always resists my help and pulls against the direction I need to take it, often twisting the head in an awkward position for a moments discomfort in order to release the animal. Frustratingly, the same sheep has done this at least 5 times in the last 10 days.
When I looked today at what the sheep were trying to get to, there were two green leaves in the hedge. If the sheep had kept its eyes on the abundant green grass in the field, rather than be distracted by the green on the other side, it wouldn’t have got stuck!
How often do we focus on temptations of the world, where we can become trapped and entangled, and take our eyes off the multitude of God’s blessings? The great news is that we can call for help, and he will help us become untangled when we submit to him. He may need to put us in a moment of discomfort, but it is to help release us. Even better news for us is that he doesn’t get frustrated and is forever there to help us, but let’s try to learn from this. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Count your blessings one by one and be thankful for what God has done.