Our Great Shepherd
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:11, NIV).
I love this verse! God could have depicted Himself any way he wanted in Scripture. Often, He chooses to refer to Himself as a shepherd. A shepherd is one who cares for, guards, guides and tends sheep.
What sweet encouragement!
Regardless of what our day brings, we can rest in the truth that our heavenly Father is caring for, guarding and guiding us each step of the way. God gathers His children in His arms and carries us close to His heart. I love the tenderness of this truth! We serve a powerful God, but He is also careful and gentle.
When circumstances get stressful or we have been hurt by someone, we can take a moment to envision and remember that God is carrying us and holding us close to His heart. He is our protector and defender. We do not face anything alone! God gently leads those that have young. . .that's us, moms! We are in the throws raising our children and God promises to gently lead us through it.
None of us have all of the answers. Every child is unique and presents a different set of challenges, but we are not alone. God will lead us; lean in to Him on this. Claim this promise and rest in His arms.
Lord, thank you that you care for, guard and guide us each step of the way. Thank you that you carry us close to your heart. I pray that we would rest in and be comforted by this powerful, yet tender truth. We need your leadership in raising our children. Thank you that you promise to gently lead us as we parent. We love you and trust you!