Finding Home When You’ve Lost Your Way

While on this most recent trip abroad we worked in a remote village surrounded by mountains.  At the top of the mountain nearest the village, looking out over the vast panorama, one of our team members asked the village leader if they ever got lost walking through the mountains.  The leader said, “Yes, you can get lost, but you can always find your way home.”  “How is that?” he was asked.  “You simply stop and listen for the sheep. (Huge herds of sheep are all over the place in the area).  The mother calls out for the lamb, and the lamb calls out for the mother.  When you hear the sheep, walk toward them.  When you find them, you will find the shepherd.  The shepherd knows this land better than anyone.  He knows where every well is and where every village is. “  And then he added, “When you find the shepherd, you can always find your way home.”

What a lesson for us!  Listening to the village leader reminded me of when God spoke through another unbeliever by Gamaliel in Acts 5.  In life, it’s easy to lose our way.  The siren call of career, greed, more and more stuff, lust, and power causes us to get lost on the path of growing in holiness.  How desperately we need to slow down, stop, and listen closely so that we can find the Shepherd.  John records the words of Jesus: “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice… I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:3-4, 11).  There is no other whom we should follow with our lives and devotion than the Good Shepherd.  He knows where to find provision for our needs and He always knows the way home to our Father!  What a great comfort and encouragement for us!  Are you following the Shepherd?  Have you lost your way?  Listen for His voice- not in anything from the world, but through the quiet stillness of His Word and prayer. He calls His own by name and leads them.

 

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