“Listen to me, family of Jacob,
everyone that’s left of the family of Israel.
I’ve been carrying you on my back
from the day you were born,
And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.
You know Psalm 23. You have read it at every funeral, but this isn’t a Psalm for the end of a life, this is Word for your whole life.
These famous words from the Holy Spirit describe Christ at the Shepherd. The good Shepherd. It’s a peaceful and victorious Psalm but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t pain. There was pain and suffering and victory came with the actions of the Good Shepherd.
Israel was the land of best shepherds even though PETA would disagree with their customs. Shepherds like David loved the flock whether it was theirs or not. They were responsible for each and every sheep with their life.
Sheep tend to stray. Sheep are not the smartest of animals. Repeatedly the shepherd would tell the sheep to return to the right path, gently using is rod to tap it back onto course. When the sheep was especially stubborn the shepherd had to take extreme measures for its own good.
Break its back legs, because its better to break its legs and retrain them rather than losing it in the hills to a wolf. The sheep would be in deep pain physically and may have doubted the love of the shepherd…. But only for a moment. The healing process would show the sheep the heart of the shepherd.
The shepherd would carry the sheep with the broken legs, until it healed. For miles and miles the sheep would ride on the shepherds back….. but the way the shepherd carried her was with purpose. The shepherd made sure their hearts where connected from his back to her chest. The sheep could feel the shepherd’s heart beat with every step. She knew of his love and care. She felt his hear and he felt hers.
The inflicted pain was not to hurt or break the sheep but rather to restore and strengthen her. The pain saved her, his heart healed her.
You have been Christ’s hurting sheep. You may have gotten yourself into trouble and you find yourself with broken legs on Christ’s back, For a second stop focusing on the pain and let go of your anger and you will see that He never left you. On the contrary, He is carrying you on His back, and if you stay still you can feel His heart beat. You can keep fighting Him or you can allow your heart to be synced with His heart. One beat, one love, one strength.
Its all been for your good. He always works for your good.
I'd rather have broken legs and on His back then traveling in valleys by myself to face the wolves.
Reread the verse we began with Isaiah 46:3-4. He will carry you until you are old if needed. He won’t leave you. Once you learn to share His heartbeat He will allow you to roam free. The Good Shepherd loves you enough to heal your broken legs.
Today: take responsibility for the actions that caused your legs to be broken and trust the Good Shepherd that has carried you on His back and close to His heart.