Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.
Out on the farm I met a farmer walking down the lane carrying a half-grown sheep. He greeted me, “Have to look after the stray.”
I asked, “How do they get lost with a fence around them?”
“They just nibble themselves lost,” he answered. “They just keep their heads down and wander from one green patch to another. Sometimes they come to a hole in the fence, but they never find the hole to get back again.”
This parable is a mirror to our lives. We eat ourselves lost; we work ourselves lost. We don’t look up. We wander from one wish or mirage to another. We get our heads in the pits. We can’t see the way back again. Thank God for the Good Shepherd who always comes to seek and save the lost.
I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near. (The Bible, Psalms 16:8)