“The sheep listen to his [the shepherd’s] voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” -John 10:3
With fall colors beginning to emerge and the temperatures cooling, I decided to take my Lab for a long morning hike. Pulled forward by the rich smells of the trail, Adi moved a fair distance ahead of me. I called her name. She stopped, turned, and looked at me. “Come,” I said.
In that moment, Adi had a choice to make:
-Stay put and pretend she didn’t hear me.
-Run the opposite direction.
-Slowly meander in my direction contemplating whether to continue or stop.
-Eagerly bound back to me.
The picture captures Adi’s choice. With Labby exuberance, she raced down the path to resume her position with me.
The choices Adi has whenever she hears my summons mirrors the ones I have whenever I hear the Lord call me by name, drawing my heart to Him. My prayer is that I will always respond like my Lab did that cool, fall morning.
Jesus said, “I am the good Shepherd. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”John 10: 11 & 27
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