Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jesus Is My Shepherd

I love Easter! We have an egghunt with the grandkids. We fill plastic eggs with money (mostly quarters:) and hide them for the teens. This year we're including the 6 year old with them because last Easter she cried when we hid hers in a different area ;) The baby will get eggs filled with socks and pacifiers. In my usual way of overdoing, I've bought the baby enough socks to last her until she's around 2. But they're all so cute-pink and yellow and lime green and lavender, with bunnies and chicks and lambs. In the words of my 6 year old granddaughter "I love Easter 'cause we celebrate God and we celebrate Jesus and we celebrate bunnies".

Anyway, all of these baby animals have got me to thinking about how Jesus is my shepherd. For one thing, I'm as dumb as a sheep, always trying to go my own impassable way. I need Jesus to lead me step by step on His path, which is always the best and safest, every moment of every day. Like a shepherd, He provides for all of my needs. He protects me from danger, even giving His life so that I can live. When I'm weary of the journey, He leads me to restful spots and restores my soul. And He allows me to know Him, through His Word, so I will hear when His voice speaks to me. The Bible says it better than I can:

"The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me", Psalm 23:1-4. NLT

"He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young", Isaiah 40:11. NIV

"The gatekeeper opens the gate for Him, and the sheep recognize His voice and come to Him. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. After He has gathered His own flock, He walks ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice", John 10:3-4. NLT


  1. It's such a comforting visual, isn't it? Some years ago I did a lot of reading about shepherds, coming to a better understanding of their affections for their flock, including how they use the rod to direct & hedge (not hit) the sheep. Oh how I love being lead by the Good Shepherd Who's sole aim is to see me home.


  2. Peggy this is precious. I am glad you posted these words. I need some comfort these days. Blessings to you dear one.

  3. On a road trip last summer we stopped on a road and waited for a flock of sheep to pass. I said to the JD Salesman that I really don't feel that flattered that Jesus compared me to sheep! It was quite an eye opener and very humbling.
    But the picture of Jesus as being the shepherd brings such comfort. Thanks for posting these verses.