a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close
to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
are many illustrations in the Bible that speak of God's
desire for intimacy with mankind. This is one of my most
favorite visual images! God uses an illustration of a
loving shepherd to demonstrate how He feels about us.
for a moment, shut out the world around you and close
your eyes. Try and visualize what God is saying through
this picture with the eyes of your heart. Can you see
the loving shepherd, gently picking up His little lambs
in his big strong arms? Can you see the look on the shepherd's
face as He lovingly gazes down into the eyes of each lamb
held close to His breast? What a picture of intimacy and
is no other place that these lambs would rather be at
that moment in time. Their shepherd cares for them and
has vowed to lay his life down for their protection. He
has truly won their hearts. God wants us to know, that
this is how He wants to relate to you and I. He is our
shepherd and He wants to pick us up in His big strong
arms and hold us tightly to His breast that we might feel
the beating of His heart.
you be a little lamb who needs to be picked up and held?
If you can, you will find a place of safety and rest that
is better than anything you have ever experienced.
Father, I ask that You would pick me up and gather me
in Your big strong arms. I want to hear the beating of
Your heart and to feel the warmth and safety of Your embrace.
I know that You have made a special place in Your bosom
reserved just for me. You are the Great Shepherd, and
I am just a little lamb who needs to be held. Thank You
for holding me close to Your heart. In the name of Your
beloved Son, Jesus I pray, AMEN.