shire14“He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Psalm 95:7
The summer before my freshman year in college, I literally took a job at a circus to earn money for tuition.  My circus-uniform was red polyester overalls and a white, plastic safari hat.  Each day, I’d go to the schedule to see where I was to report that day. Sometimes I’d be at the admission booth, sometimes the gift shop.  This particular day I was scheduled to work at the petting zoo. The Shireland Circus had the most precious lamb in its petting zoo.  She was little and fuzzy, and had the humblest disposition. Ever since then, I’ve wanted a pet lamb (Raul says I’ll get my lamb in heaven). Anyway…in the Psalms, David frequently talks about lambs because he was a shepherd. He knew lambs required great care because of their dependence and fragility; and that they effortlessly found themselves in trouble.
  Funny…cause so do we.  
We find ourselves off the pasture, in trouble, and wondering how we got there.
 Thankfully, this verse doesn’t promise that we are near God’s pasture, 
but that we are OF his pasture and UNDER his care.  
The bible also says that when just one lamb strays, God leaves the 99 and goes after the one.  Well what’s one dumb lamb out of a hundred?  
To God?
  EVERYTHING.  NO lamb is worth leaving behind. EVERY lamb is worth going after.  He has an unconditional, unrelenting concern for our lives…especially if we are in trouble.  You are ONE lamb in God’s flock, and to Him, you are EVERYTHING worth going after.  Today, if you find yourself far from the pasture, don’t worry about how to get back.  Just ask Him, He’ll come right to where you are.

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