Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I'm Feeling Sheepish

11“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 
12“He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 
 13He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 
 John 10:11-13

Co-incidence-read nothing, please, into the fact that this post follows the story "Vee Was Running".
The hired hand that Christ mentions above is a coward. His job, his raison d'être was to care for the sheep. His running is from something; Vee/Dorothy was dreaming/running towards her new life in Kansas. That postcard had held back from her so as to take away her hope, but in that card she had hope, and a future.
Maybe we should not be too hard on the hired hand-that sounds like an entry level position, so a youth, inexperienced and easily frightened may run away. After a few decades of working with sheep, possibly as a sheep owner himself, he will know that the wolves can not harm the sheep if he stands his ground and protects them.
Imagine that youthful hired hand sweating at his next job interview:
"So, boy-you have experience with sheep?"
I do, sir-I know where to find good grazing, and water, and if a wolf shows up I know to run away and leave the sheep to fend for themse..."

1 comment:

Doug said...

I'm sitting here tying a larks head knot on a small cord.
The larks head is useful if there is a weakness in a line-a hitch above and below the weakness will shorten the line but also take all pressure off of that weakened part.
It can also be used in towing a boat with another boat-same hitch above and below the weakened part, with constant pressure on the line the boat can be towed indefinitely.
You can even cut the middle, weakened line when the larks head is in place and when you've reached your destination simply reliving the strain on the line will part the line and the two boats.
So, why do I mention this?
The same knot can be used to hold things together, or at the proper time part them.
I am the blackest of sheep in my family, some would say the weakest link...and yet we've held together because it's not just me. There are others who are there for me if I need help, because we are family.