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.

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