The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
We were looking at the sheep.
That was twenty-five years ago. We were starting to build our single men’s and women’s group. Since we were early out of college, we got accustomed on depending with our former student leaders. We looked at them as we were setting to lay foundations of this new group. We waited on them to lead us and just do what they have been done when we were in college. We thought that they can lead our prayer meetings, give us vision and grow our group. There is only one minor problem: they were working out of the our local city and scheduling was very tough on them.
For those early years, the group was basically existing but fledgling. We can’t get out of the funk. We thought we had the same fervor as we had when we were in the university but to no avail.
Until, we set our eyes at the Shepherd.
We realized that depending upon the Shepherd instead on the sheep, enabled us to see who leads the direction, provides vision and sustains the passion. We experienced that banking on the sheep was a limitation while trusting the Shepherd had no boundaries. As the Shepherd led us, we counted on His availability and not on the ability of the sheep. His rod directed our paths and led us to fresh and green beginnings. His staff protected us and by His grace and mercy, the group grew and twenty-five years after, the cup runneth over.
Through all valleys of life, the Shepherd is our constant companion while the flock may change almost every season of life. Don’t focus on the sheep, set your eyes on the Shepherd, and you shall not want.