I am going through my old e-mails looking for old documents for school curriculum and such and well I ran across this e-mail I sent to a few friends back on 3/21/2010. It was good to be reminded of this.
In dealing with a several trying issues/ circumstances lately I have found myself a bit agitated here and there. I have been irritated, frustrated and inconvenienced so much lately and it has felt like almost too much to deal with at times. I have had the thought “Calgon, take me away” more than a few times. Anyways I have recently been encouraged by a friend of mine that recently said something that was just so good I thought I should share it with you. God is amazing and complex and the Bible says so much, but it all goes back to one main theme. Our relationship with Him. The main point is listen to me, spend time with me, talk to me, acknowledge me, I am here for you and with you, nothing gets to you that I don’t know about, I love you and so on. She said she feels like there’s this and that which she wants to teach and impart to her children, but instead of thinking about this training, this opportunity, this situation, etc.. she should listen to the voice of God and follow Him like the sheep do with their shepherd.
Wow, just be quiet and still and listen to the voice of God! It sounds so easy! I got to thinking about it all. Sometimes life can be overwhelming and when it’s said and done the only real important thing is God himself and Jesus in our lives. We ourselves, our children, our relatives, our friends, - Do we all listen, obey, spend time with him and call upon him for help in the midst of our troubles? It’s all about going back to the basics and trying to keep it simple. Be Quiet – Listen and Obey – Period.
Today in Sunday school class they were talking about John 10 and this guy said in his travels he was in a foreign crowded market square and he saw a shepherd throw a rock to get the attention of his sheep and he called out for him. The stupid sheep looked up, bleated and turned to follow the voice that he knew. I thought it was funny; but I think God does the same with us in a sense as he is always trying to redirect our attention back to Himself. If we have accepted Christ and we are Christians we can hear his voice and we know it, just like the sheep know their shepherd’s voice; but we get so busy thinking we know so much and we run around trying to take care of this and that we can’t hear him in the midst of it all.
I have been reminding myself since church of that cute kids song that says “I just want to be a sheep – ba ba ba ba”. I just wanted to remind you He’s there
and your just a stupid sheep – ha ha ha.
O.K. Gotta go now – sheep need to eat too.