Sheep and Their Shepherd

    “Sheep and Their Shepherd,” Friend, December 2019

    Friend to Friend

    Sheep and Their Shepherd

    From an interview with Christina Crosland.

    “The Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1).

    sheep jumping into a blue Volkswagen Beetle

    Illustrations by Shane Clester

    I grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana, USA. We also had about 300 sheep on the ranch. My mother bought them as a way for us to earn money for our missions.

    My job was to take care of the lambs that didn’t have a mother taking care of them. When a sheep has more than one baby, sometimes she doesn’t take care of all of the lambs. So those were the lambs I took care of. There were 5 to 10 of these lambs each year.

    Every day, I would drive to the pasture in our small blue car, called a Volkswagen Beetle, and honk the horn. Then I opened the car doors. Those lambs would come from wherever they were in the field. They knew the sound of that old Volkswagen. They would jump in the back of the car, and I would drive them to the barn and feed them.

    We are like those little lambs. We live in different places and have different challenges in our lives. But Jesus is reaching out to each of us. We can learn to hear His voice. We can turn to Him for comfort and security. We can feel loved by Him and Heavenly Father.

    As I’ve looked toward Jesus as the Shepherd in my life, my life has changed. When we place our lives in the hands of the Savior, we will feel His love and learn to trust Him.

    Find the Matching Sheep

    Each sheep in this picture has a match that looks just like it. Can you find all the matching pairs?