Thursday, May 30, 2013

No Pecking Order

   It's weaning time on our little sheep farm. When the lambs get eight weeks old we separate them from their mothers. After we weigh and vaccinate them, we put the females in one pen and the males in another. They do not like this, of course. They cry for a couple of days and nights until they discover that they are safe and that grass and grain can fill up their bellies just fine. My tender heart hates that we have to do this but I know it's the way of life.
   Right now we have four females and four males that have been weaned. It's been interesting to watch them establish their "pecking order". It changes with each new lamb. It's not necessarily the oldest that gets to be leader but often the biggest and always the most confident. Given time, they learn to work it our among themselves. I see this happen with the birds at the feeders outside my window, with our dogs, and also when our grandchildren come to visit. I guess all of creation follows a "pecking order" where the fittest get the best and the rest just hang on.
   I'm not good with the "pecking order" thing. I've never had the confidence to rise to the top. Most of the time I'm just grabbing hold and hanging on for dear life. I'm glad that there's no "pecking
 order" where Jesus is concerned. He loves us all equally. While the world tells us that we need to be more, Jesus tells us that we are enough just like we are. That's why I want Him for my Good Shepherd.
"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.


  1. Hi Peggy,
    It is a good thing that we are all loved by God and He treats us right. His love for us is not dictated by how well we perform for him or any thing else.

  2. My son is graduating this Friday...and though not complete separation, I feel that is what is happening...Pecking he ventures into the "unknown" by himself. As an adult... I'm glad you reminded me of our Good Shepherd Who always is quick to reach out. I son will be okay...Because of Him. Thanks be to God!

    Blessings to you sister. Seems like a busy time but I'm happy that you truly enjoy tending to your sheeps...And boy! What lessons you get that you share with us. Take care!

  3. Such a beautiful post! Hugs Peggy!
    I've always wanted to have a little farm with animals or something. Just away with God and nature!

  4. Love this Peggy! We are all equal in Gods eyes and in the end of our lives this one truth will echo in every fiber of our spiritual bodies. As we kneel before God on judgment day, we will all hear God's truth, "You are all my children and you are all created equal." I am so thankful that there is no "higher rank" where God is concerned! :)

    Blessings and love sweet friend,

  5. It still amazes me how God does not play favorites. Lovely post Peggy. Blessings.

  6. Such security in those thoughts. Thank you!