I decided that today, January 2nd, 2013 I’d start counting sheep, sheep ornaments that is! (I am putting away my Christmas stuff.) I have collected ornaments for over forty years and in the 1980’s, I became a bona fide sheepaholic as far as those little critters go. A friend taught a Bible Study on the Twenty-Third Psalm and it was then that I was forever hooked on sheep. Why? I finally understood why God calls us the sheep of His pasture and Himself our Shepherd.
(These facts I copied from a book by Mary Glynn Peeples “All we like sheep.”)
Sheep need the full time supervision of a Shepherd because:
- They are not teachable
- They are not trainable (you’ll never see them in a circus doing tricks)
- They are afraid to drink from running water
- They are led, not driven – try to drive them and they scatter
- When they get on their back, they can’t right themselves
- They aren’t (meant to be) burden carrying animals
- They must be sheared at the right time in the right season
- Their vision is impaired when they aren’t sheared
- They are defenseless
- They need His daily touch.
I’m not done counting my sheep yet but so far I have about fifty. They’re all shapes and sizes. One is made of bread dough and a few are made of wood. Some are made of resin, and others of real wool. Some were gifts and other’s I bought but all are a treasure to me. They remind me how much I need my Shepherd and how like a sheep I am. Surely am glad I’m His!
All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned everyone to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.