Taking Jasper Home

Trusting the Good Shepherd

If you remember a week or so ago we butchered several meat birds with our neighbor. As they were butchering the chickens our neighbor threw one on the smoker and after all the work was done we got together for a meal.

They have an Australian Shepherd and several chickens. Throughout the meal, the dog would happily venture off with a smile on her face and gently circle the chickens. She gently herded them back into the safety of their coop. (This is what made us want to get our new puppy Jasper, that you see pictured above). The chickens on the other hand weren’t too happy. They’d go where the dog herded but not without voicing their complaint. Yet the dog continued doing her job with a smile on her face, undeterred by their squawking.

I can’t help but be reminded of my own complaining. The way that I oftentimes squawk when I don’t like where God is leading or where I feel He may be leading. Instead of leaning into Him, praying, and seeking His will; more often I’ll give Him the silent treatment. Try to figure it out on my own and drive myself (and everyone around me) up a wall with all the what-ifs.

When my sense of control feels threatened or I’m angry that things didn’t go my way I start to complain about it. Hoping that just maybe I can change God’s mind. Maybe if I scream loud enough I won’t have to do that thing or my sense of control will be restored.

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
John 10:11

But the thing is, GOD IS BIGGER! He is BIGGER than my fears, BIGGER than the unknown, and BIGGER than my complaints. I see just a teeny tiny piece of what is actually going on. He sees and orchestrates the ENTIRE puzzle! When life gets wonky trusting God is hard for me. It’s not a matter of me questioning if He can. I wonder if He wants to. If it’s His will to. The only way I’ll know His will for my life and what it is He wants me to do is by reading and applying His Word to my life. Putting into action what I’ve always professed to be true. And trusting the Good Shepherd enough to let go of what I want and embrace what He has for me, one day at a time.

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
Philippians 2:14-15

Until next time,
Bailey Sue