How many times have we all made poor choices and ended up in situations that were out of control and disastrous? To be honest, this lamb caught in the turbulence and currents is too reminiscent of a time early in my life when I foolishly thought I really knew what life was all about. Attitudes I held led to decisions that put me in an impossible place, and there seemed to be no way out.
Truth be told, it took something disastrous to make me realize that there is very little in life that I am absolutely in control of, except my free will. Self-importance had me view myself as being invincible, and that distortion made me completely vulnerable. Like that lamb, I needed someone who was bigger than my circumstances, and could save and guide me to safety. That is why this set of pictures has great meaning to me.
These two Norwegian lads saw this distressed and dying lamb and did what it could not do for itself. They took a risk and rescued it, getting it back on solid ground. When Jesus was criticized for eating and spending time with sinners He told them a story about a lost sheep. He shared how the shepherd would leave the ninety-nine to go find that one that was lost and “when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:5-7)
I was that lost sheep and will never forget the day that the loving hand of God reached into my life securing me, and saving me from my own ignorance and pride. I am yet ever thankful to know that there is a Shepherd who can lead me beside quiet water, and who will guide me to quiet pastures. And if need be, I know He will walk me through the valley of the shadow of death and I will fear no evil because His rod and staff will comfort me. (Psalm 23)