It is truly amazing how much this agrarian life has transformed our thinking and deepened our understanding about life. I was in the kitchen and noticed our herd of sheep walking through the side yard headed down the drive way towards the road. The sheep are usually on the other side of the property in a good fenced area, so seeing them in the side yard sent me quickly out of the kitchen announcing to the closest boy in the house, “The sheep are out!”
The sheep are actually our 12 year olds. He is the shepherd and loves raising his sheep. He knows each of them by name. He knows them from afar off. He knows when one is missing. He knows when his sheep are about to lamb. He usually knows if they are having twins or a single birth just by the way they look. He knows his sheep, even if many of them look exactly alike to me. They are distinctly different looking to him because he cares for them on a daily basis.
So the sheep were out, heading towards the road and our 12 year old ran out of the house and called the herd back in the familiar, “Sheep, Sheep, Sheep” call he gives to signal them to come to him. They turned and started “Baa-ing” at him and ran towards him and followed him back to the safer pasture.
As I watched him take his sheep back to the pasture, I was quickly reminded of the Scripture, John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..”
When he came back inside, I told him how amazing it is to see his sheep turn when they hear his voice but even more amazing is how we are like sheep and have a Good Shepherd who knows and cares for each of us!
The example was amazing to see in real life…as are many of the agrarian life examples we have seen and experienced while living here on the farm!