Watched “Shepherds of Paradise” on a flight home. It’s a film about a 75 yo shepherd who brings his family from Jammu to the valley of Kashmir every year in a 300km journey that spans approx 30 days.
It makes me cry when I see the great lengths that the shepherd goes through just to lead his flock to green pastures.
The shepherd speaks of how he was once young, but is now old. But the young ones today are born with “old souls” who are not willing to make the journey. It makes me think about how we can be a selfish generation today, who sees obstacles rather than possibilities. How many are willing to take up the tough work of shepherding souls?
The shepherd is both strong and gentle with his sheep. This is best described by Psalm 23:4, “…thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
His rod shuns away predators and prods the sheep into position while his staff hooks a sheep back when it is about to stray off or is caught in brambles. The sheep feel safe under the shepherd’s watchful eye and swift arms.
The shepherd’s mind is ever on his sheep. He worries if they are able to make the journey, especially the injured and sick ones.
The shepherd and his flock had to walk through the treacherous Pir Panchal range of mountains to reach the valley of Kashmir. Reminds me of the scripture. “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear to evil” (Psalm 23:4). We do not have to fear because the Shepherd is with us
Perhaps it’s good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to have a beautiful heart.
"thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" (Psalm 24:4)
Your rod shuns away predators and keeps the enemies at bay
Your staff rounds me up into the flock, guides me, brings me back when I stray off and rescues me from dangerous situations
10 Nov 2013
All that matters me is what you see when you
Look at me
All that matters to me is how you feel when
You think of me
No more distractions my one affection
Is only you my Jesus now….
You’re all that matters
Chorus of All that matters by Anthony Evans
You’ve got to discard your crutches. Remember, your story explains your behavior; it doesn’t excuse it.
Andy Stanley, Enemies of the heart: Breaking free from the four emotions that control you
Everything to Me -
He’s more than a story,
More than words on a page of history
He’s the Air that I breathe,
The Water I thirst for,
And the Ground beneath my feet —
Everything to Me…
Excerpt of lyrics from “Everything to Me” by Avalon