Thursday, June 11, 2015

Open My Eyes

It’s lambing season at my house and it is just flat exhausting! You go nonstop. Sometimes I struggle to put one foot in front of the other honestly.

I was telling a friend the other day that I felt like I was drowning. It was like I was desperately treading water just to try and keep my nose above it.

In the middle of all the physical, mental and even spiritual struggles though was a gift from God. Small miracles I got to witness on a regular basis.

One particular revelation God gave me had me in tears. I’m not really an emotional person by nature and some of it could have been the exhaustion but most of it was just being in awe of how great our God is!

We had moved some ewes and young lambs to the “pair pasture” in the early afternoon. We went back that evening to check on them. One lamb was missing! His mother was desperately running all over calling to him but with no luck.

We spent the next 2 hours looking for a lamb in several hundred acres. Talk about a needle in a haystack! I prayed for my eyes to be opened and the Lord to give me direction. We covered every inch of that pasture. I finally gave up and was very frustrated. I figured an eagle had gotten him as they’re very hard on new lambs.

I went home feeling defeated as this is my flock and I want them all to do well! I went to bed praying that if by some miracle he was still alive that God would help him and his mother find each other.

The next morning I headed out as soon as it was light fully prepared to look again. Within minutes of getting out there though I found his mother and right there with her was her lamb. Wow! It was a miracle.

To say I was overjoyed is an understatement. I even had to hug the dog that was with me. The lost lamb had returned and I was celebrating.

God laid it on my heart right there that the joy I felt over that lamb being found paled in comparison to the joy in heaven when a lost sinner finds their way to God.


This scripture was truly brought to life for me right there on that hillside. I got a tiny glimpse of the joy that is in heaven every time a lost sinner repents.

Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Lord, open my eyes to those that are lost and need help to find you. I want to rejoice with all of heaven when the lost are found! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! I've never had contact with anyone who worked with sheep, but I've read so much Scripture down through the years about how we are like sheep. This is such a wonderful illustration of God's love for us, how He seeks and pursues us! And I'm so glad the baby was found - where do you think it was all that time?!
    I'm your neighbor on #livefreeThursday, so nice to meet you!

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  2. Thanks Ruthie! I'm guessing he must have been tucked away under a bush or something. Usually they will respond to their mom's calling though.

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  3. What a wonderful story, so glad you got your little lamb back! It's awesome when God uses His creation to teach us about Himself and His love for us. Great post! : )

    I'm visiting from the 'Thriving Thursday' link-up.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cathy! I love the way God works.

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  5. Laura,
    I am in tears...Oh, the day that my son, Matt, is found to be in love with God...I praise God for He told me to praise Him for Matt's salvation--it will take BIG Prayer and Faith. So thank you as I so want to experience that great joy for my own son as he turns to God's Son as the Way, Truth and Life.

    In momma time versus God's timing, quite frankly!

    Laura, would you like to join the DanceWithJesus Linkup today (if you haven't already!)
    http://www.susanbmead.com/just-like-eve-linkup/ is today's link
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    Your words are such a blessing. Thank you, Susan

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    1. Susan, I can totally relate to wanting loved ones come to know and love God in MY time vs God's timing. Keeps me in prayer constantly! Will be praying for your Matt as well.Thanks so much for your words of encouragement.

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  6. Wow how amazing the Lord brought scripture to life for you!! So blessed that you linked up with me at #wordswithwinter

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  7. God can speak in the midst of ANYTHING - even on a crowded subway train :D

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    1. Even out here in the "sticks". :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. What a lovely story - God's power is amazing and that He listens to our prayers, well there aren't even words. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Marissa

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad cares about everything in our lives. Not just the "big things".

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  9. I love the parable of the lost sheep. It's very encouraging and a reminder of God's faithfulness.

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    1. Yes it is! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. Love it!!! I had tears in my eyes too, as I thought about the parallel with our Good Shepherd. I wonder if we can ever truly grasp how deep His love is for us. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    1. It was clear to me that day we can't fully understand it this side of heaven but every glimpse into God's love is amazing! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. That is beautiful. I remember going on our family vacation a few years ago and seeing a shepherd far off from the flock, going after one stray sheep. It reminded me of that scripture as well, how He will search out the one lost soul that needs Him. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I'm so grateful He seeks the lost! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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