I’ve always wanted to go on an African safari, but the closest I’ve ever been is the “Out of Africa” wildlife park in Camp Verde, Arizona. That’s kind of like saying I’ve always wanted to drive a Ferrari so I bought a red Pinto.
An unexpected benefit of our recent trip to Israel were the wild animals we saw while driving all over the countryside. We saw gazelle’s, Ibex standing in trees (mountain goats), and hyrinx.
We also saw herds of sheep among others. I somehow ended up with these pictures of a shepherd and his flock from the window of the tour bus while traveling 60 mph.
I couldn’t help but think of how Jesus was called “The Good Shepherd”. The Pharisees were hating on Jesus because he sat and ate with “sinners” In Luke 15 he tells this great parable.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
I love how this image depicts how grateful Jesus is by taking us as we are. No one can be perfect, and he doesn’t want us to pretend to be. He wants us to realize every one of us is a lost sheep in some way, and that he came for us. We don’t have to try and be perfect to impress Him. In fact the opposite (being humble) is what impresses Him.
Formula of the Week
Being humble + asking Him to take us as we are > Appearance of perfection
Question of the Week
Describe the day when you were the sheep swept off your feet by Him.