30th August 2017

The Cry of a Lost Lamb

“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”
Isaiah 40:11 (ESV UK)

I was trudging back home through the fields after a long walk in the early spring, was not far from home. The footpath had taken me through the middle of a field full of sheep with their lambs. Just as I reached a stile to hop over into the next field, I heard a piercing wail that stopped me in my tracks. It came from a little lamb all on its own by the hedge. The cry brought me to a halt.

I looked around for the mother, but she seemed to be absent. The lamb wobbled over to a sheep and was kicked away. Another lamb came over to it, apparently to give words of sympathy and I just stood there, absolutely stopped in my tracks by its distressed bleating. Where was the delinquent mother that had carelessly wandered away from its small woolly bundle of responsibility, leaving the problem to some passing human who just wanted to go home and have a hot cup of something and put her feet up?

Much as I wanted to, I found that I just could not ignore it and go home. But apart from wanting to be somewhere else, the problem was that I seemed to be on my own in a sea of grass and wool. Then finally, way over in a distant field, I saw a tractor. I could see it was moving, therefore it seemed a logical conclusion that there must be someone on it. So it was ‘oh good’ and ‘oh bother’ at the same time: good that there was someone around; bother, because I now had to retrace my tired steps across the large field and over into the next one. But I found the farmer, told him he had a lamb that had lost its mum, and went on my way.

But that wail which had brought me to a halt and demanded action – is that how God hears us when we cry in distress? Did God give lost lambs those riveting, attention-getting cries so we could know what our howls of helplessness sound like to him? Will Jesus come and take us up in his arms and bring comfort? He says so, and he hasn’t changed. The gospels are full of examples showing his compassion for the helpless, the hurting, and the abandoned ones. He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17:27).

Loving Shepherd, you will never ignore the cries of the lost. Your arms are big enough for the all the unhappy lambs of the world.

Study by Hilary Buck


About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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One Response to “30th August 2017”

  1. Ian Woodley on August 30th, 2017 12:36 pm

    Hi Hilary, what a wonderful picture! Thank you for a powerful reminder of how deep God’s love is for us.

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