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The shepherd's perspective
The Psalmist sings: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” (Psalms 121:1, 2).
I live in a beautiful valley in the Waikato dairying region of New Zealand. In the early part of my farming career, when I was a novice shepherd, I learned to “read the sheep,” as my border collie and I mustered the stock to greener pastures. I observed that their movements always reflected the presence and direction of the dog who was herding them. It became natural to look with expectation toward the successful outcome of the job, knowing with absolute certainty that the dog was constantly on duty, never forsaking his post.
As I see God’s qualities regularly manifested in my daily experience, I think of the perspective I’ve gained as a shepherd, and it becomes easy to trust in God’s presence, that God is always with us. I need not doubt that He is at work—that God, divine Principle, Life, Truth, and Love, is guiding my every move. Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures encourages us: “Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government” (p. 393).
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