Last night I couldn’t sleep.
That alone seems strange to me, considering I have a newborn baby, and I’m utterly exhausted. I spent a majority of my day looking forward to when I could finally collapse into bed for the night, but when that time finally came, I was restless.
My entire family was sound asleep, and had been for a while, but not me. My mind was too busy, and my heart a little discontent to sleep. I thought about how tired I was going to be if I didn’t hurry up and get to sleep before the baby was up again, but that only made matters worse.
I thought about that idea of counting sheep when you can’t sleep, and that’s when I felt the nudge from the Shepherd.
In a last ditch effort to calm my restless heart I prayed. I laid there and talked with God for who knows how long, and before I knew it, my heart was calm. I talked to him about what was causing me to be restless, I talked to him about my family. I lifted up things friends had asked me to pray about, and I even found an unusual urge to pray for someone who had hurt my heart. It was during that dark, still of the night that I realized I was restless and unable to sleep because I have been so busy, this was the only time I had for God. The shepherd nudged me, His sheep, because He wanted to direct me, and He wanted us to spend some time together.
Today I looked up a few things about herding sheep and learned how similar I am to these animals.
Sheep are easily startled or freightened, and when scared they will run amok.
Sheep have terrible depth perception and can hurt themselves very easily if not guided in the right direction.
Predators seek to harm sheep because of their gentle nature.
Sheep are safest with a shepherd.
I’m a sheep.
When I’m freightened my heart runs amok.
My vision is very narrow, and I often end up hurt when left to run in my own direction.
I too am safest with my Shepherd.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:1-4 NIV
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,”
Psalm 95:6-7 NIV
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:27-28 NIV
Do you struggle with being restless sometimes? Maybe that’s the shepherd nudging you…
In His Love,