Encouragement with a Southern Drawl

The Shepherd’s Voice

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Faith | 0 comments

During my son’s Easter message about the Good Shepherd, he told how shepherds often broke the front legs of the lambs—not to be cruel—but so they could tuck the lambs inside their cloak until they healed, enabling the lamb to learn the voice of the shepherd.

            On a trip to Israel, Jason noticed a field with dozens of sheep in it. He heard a shepherd call to his sheep, and instantly heads popped up and that shepherd’s sheep starting running to him. They knew his voice.

            A little later in his message, Jason shared, “My mom has a killer whistle. When I was a little boy, I could be anywhere in the neighborhood and I’d hear Mama’s whistle and know it was time to go home.”

            That reminded me of an incident that happened a number of years after our sons got married, when we took a family trip to Disney World. Our group became separated and we searched for two of our sons and their wives. Way ahead in the crowd, I spotted them. I puckered up and whistled. No one else paid attention, but I saw two heads immediately pop up and start looking around. Those boys had spent time with me. They knew the sound of my voice, my whistle.

            Some of you have children still at home. Would you mind some advice from a mom who’s been there? Tell them Bible stories and pray with them. Keep those children in church so they become familiar with the voice of the Shepherd. I can promise you won’t regret it.

            Some of you have prodigals, and your heart is broken. Take comfort in that verse in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Keep praying for them. They’ll remember the Shepherd’s voice whenever He calls to them.   

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