11For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
When I was studying abroad in Ireland during college, I did a lot of traveling and hiking around the country. One thing I loved about the Irish countryside were the pastures full of either sheep or cows. Many times you would find them on the tops of cliffs, sides of mountains, along the coast, and in all of the most beautiful locations. I actually remember being jealous of them.
I can't be the only one who would trade the constant barrage of schedules, deadlines, and expectations for the peacefulness of grazing 500 feet above the crashing waves of the Atlantic. This is what I imagine when I think of what our God has ready for us. Pure bliss like nothing we have experienced in this life. We will be taken care of, fed, and protected. I wonder if in the middle of what has unfortunately turned into a stressful time of year, you can find peace like our reading today from Ezekiel has described. Be intentional about this today and take some time to be alone.
God, we thank you for the peace you provide us. Help us to find it in the middle of this stressful season. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Tucker Good
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