Psalm 77:19-20 Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; YET YOUR FOOTPRINTS WERE UNSEEN.
My wife recently shared with me about a book she read, A Dog’s Purpose. The perspective of the book is that of a dog named Bailey. It’s quite cute. Bailey would often guess at why humans do what they do. Humorously, the dog’s guesses were usually way off.
I relate this to how we, the flock of the Lord, may misunderstand the things we see our Good Shepherd doing AND never account for all the things we don’t see the shepherd doing, the behind the scenes stuff. Safe to say, we can be a bit like Bailey.
We definitely misunderstand less as we learn of God’s ways, from studying and being taught His Word and from years of following Jesus. We come to know and trust that our Shepherd always does things for a purpose and that His purpose is for our eternal good, even when we can’t see what’s going on. We learn to accept that He sees us better than we see Him.
Knowing how good God is to me and his people, brings tears to my eyes every morning. And I think that is so reinforced by all the images in my brain of the cute sheep, the cute little lambs. The feelings that those images evoke in my brain remind me of how God, the Good Shepherd, sees mankind — with powerful love and affection. And as our Shepherd, His life is totally connected with mankind, with His people and with you. He feels committed and responsible for our well-being.
Take the most faithful man, the most faithful, responsible, hardest-working shepherd that ever, ever existed on this earth, even a shepherd that was willing to die in the sheep’s place to save them. Well, that wonderful earthly shepherd would fall far short of the love and dedication of our Savior Jesus to each of us.
Matthew 7:1 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
I find great comfort in what knowing that whatever applies to the best of shepherds, applies a trillion times to God.