Of late I have been aware of just how much God keeps us, and tailors the plan he has for us. When you find things tough it is good to look back and see just how the Lord provided over that time, whether it be finances, health, or just general struggles.Also, when we find things tough, to trust that God will always get us through it, and make a way. Not that the way will be easy, though! Think of Elijah, who just wanted to die. Despair had almost overtaken him.
I was reading today from Isaiah 40:11 "He shall fed his flock like a shepherd:he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." Wow, thinking of this on terms with sheep, it goes to show how the care encompasses sheep.
Sheep need fresh green pastures in order to thrive, and water. We need God's Word, but obviously we also need physical food, too.
Sheep need access to vitamins and minerals, that they might not get from the pasture. We need to make sure we dig deeper into His Word, and prayer, or we will be spiritually deficient.
Sheep need some top ups sometimes of nuts, and sugar beet, especially around pregnancy. We are vulnerable in pregnancy, and as mothers, and the Lord gives us the sustaining strength we need, and leads our steps. We need to make sure we follow them, and seek His will, as trials are hard, but harder is a trial that is brought on by our own foolishness, or disobedience.
The Lord is a God who cares. I love the part where it says he carries the lambs to his bosom. Sometimes, we just need that extra help! Of course with sheep there are always those hardy ones who need hardly any help, but vulnerable ones, too who need hand rearing. We are all different, but we must prioritise hearing the 'Shepherd's voice' and not grumble when things get tough, but trust, as He knows best.