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We, Like Sheep

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper.  Psalm 91:3a NASB

Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.comPlan A unraveled in the backed-up traffic crawling toward the intersection. I eased my car forward and grimaced at the dashboard clock. Impatient and anxious, I revised today's list, settling for plan B. I'd been feeling overwhelmed for weeks. Postponing some of today's errands would overload tomorrow's tasks.

I glanced out my window at the tiny sheep farm, now marooned by stately new homes. I usually enjoyed this rural haven, especially when new lambs wobbled next to their mothers. The traffic wouldn't budge, so I took a deep breath and studied the pasture nearest the road. All the sheep stood in small groups near the fences, except for one. As though waiting for instructions, that sheep stood by a tall pile of dead tree limbs. It was stuck, ensnared by the pile's outer branches. If traffic hadn't backed up, I wouldn't have noticed the lonely sheep's predicament. Why didn't it just step away? One good tug and it would be free.

Then I heard God's familiar whisper in my mind. “That sheep is you.” I looked at the sheep and the pile of dead branches, puzzled. Scripture tells us we're like sheep. I knew God was my shepherd, but why was I like that snagged sheep?

A recent devotion I’d studied flashed through my mind. Before picking up my Bible, I'd checked the day's weather and skimmed my emails. On another morning, I would have read news briefs first— and Facebook. If I had time, I would have opened a devotional and rushed through it. But by then, the world's events would have swarmed in and snared me.

No wonder I'd been overwhelmed. I'd wandered away from spending time first with God before the world pushed in. Relief washed over me. Like that sheep, all I had to do was pull away. Tomorrow morning's priority would be time with God first, knowing my Shepherd would lead me through that day's tangles.

When you feel lost or overwhelmed, remember the Shepherd who watches over you.

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Jetta Allen

Jetta Allen is a former graphic designer and sometimes illustrator who enjoys writing. She's active in her on-line critique group of writing friends from all over the map. She and her husband, Jim, live in North Carolina. 


  1. Good writing Jetta........not surprised. Going to drop by lourene on 9th of apr. going to drop off Julia's brothers car, then on to tax for 10 days visiting Bush libraries and LBJ stuff, then Alamo, etc. love you, keep up good work, Michael B

  2. Thank you for sharing this devotion, Jetta. I, too, can easily get caught up in checking my Facebook, emails, blog stats, etc. before I nestle in with God. This was a stark reminder of where my priorities should lie. Tomorrow, God will be first. Thanks again.

  3. Jetta, another gentle reminder for me of what needs to be First in my life.

  4. Thanks, Jetta, for this very welcome reminder! VERY! God gave you a gift with words, and I'm grateful you're using it to minister to me, as well as to others.