When businessman Allan Emery was in the wool business, he spent a couple of nights with a shepherd on the Texas prairie.
During the night the long wail of coyotes pierced the still night air.
The shepherd’s dogs growled and peered into the darkness.
The sheep which had been sleeping, lumbered to their feet,
alarmed and bleating pitifully.
The shepherd tossed more logs onto the fire and the flames shot up.
In the glow Allan looked around him and could see thousands of tiny lights. He knew they were reflections of the fire in the eyes of the sheep.
He noted that while the dogs kept their gaze firmly towards the noise of the coyotes, the sheep were all focused in the other direction.
The sheep were AWARE of the danger, but they were FIRMLY FOCUSED in the direction of their safety. They were all looking towards the shepherd.
The coyotes were focused on the sheep.
The sheepdogs were focused on the danger – the coyotes.
The sheep were focused on safety – on the shepherd.
When faced with danger, where is our focus?
Like the dogs, do we focus on the danger?
Or like the sheep, do we focus on the means of safety – the Shepherd?
Hebrews 12: 2
“Looking unto Jesus”
“The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms”
# Fear knocked at the door; faith answered and no one was there.
# When you fear God you have nothing else to fear.