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Saved by a Shepherd
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I remember as a kid, going with my parents and a youth group on a mission trip to Monument Valley Indian Reservation. It was way out in the desert and hotter than anything I'd ever felt. The sun seemed to reach right under my skin and fry my bones and there were not many trees to find shade under. You could see for miles and miles out there. The red mesas jutting upwards to meet the cobalt sky.     

While my parents attended to getting Vacation Bible School ready for the reservation children one afternoon, I decided I'd go exploring behind the small church, looking for lizards, snakes and other creepy crawlies. I found a deep gulch with a bit of shade filled with giant boulders and sage plants. I pretended to be an ancient explorer as I traversed this new land.

As I rounded a corner in the gulch I heard a whistle break the silent air, a Native American man in a white straw hat and a large walking stick came pounding down the embankment trailing a large herd of sheep. He had a dog running around the outskirts of the herd keeping all the sheep in line. They all seemed to be in such a hurry.

Gulch Will Flood

As I drew closer the man caught glimpse of me, he shouted some commands at his dog and ran over to me. “You must leave this gulch at once” he said. He held worry in his voice. “Rain is coming and this gulch will flood.” I looked at the sky and didn't see a cloud in it, but I followed his instruction without question and climbed up the embankment.

It wasn't but ten minutes later that a wall of water six feet high came gushing down the very gulch I had only minutes before been standing in. I would have surely been washed away and possibly killed, if it had not been for that kind shepherd leading me to safer ground.

When I think back on that day, I'm reminded of the many stories in the Bible where sheep were saved by their shepherds. The most important one of all, is Jesus as a shepherd, dying on the cross to save us, and to bring us to safer ground, and back into the fold.

It’s easy sometimes, to stray off the path and fall into danger. I'm glad that we have a Shepherd that's always there pulling us back to safety on higher ground.

“As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness” (Ezekiel 34:11-13).

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