Monday, August 04, 2008

The Shepherd's House

I read an article yesterday about some travelers that were travelling from Tehran, Iran to Kashan. They had been traveling all day in the dessert arid land and to be quite honest were lost, worn out, and parched. They ended up in a town of Maranjab.

They wrote that they were at the end of their rope and they were found by two local shepherds. There were 11 in the group that were traveling but these shepherds invited them to spend the night in their tiny home. There they found only one tiny room. One rug was on the floor, a bed in the side of the home, and a small stove in the corner. The shepherds made tea for them that quenched their thirst, they then brought out hand- made instruments and played music for them. They described that as they sat there in the warmth of the room, listened to the soft melodies from these instruments, and felt the acceptance of this hospitality- they realized that they were experiencing the best night of their journey. In the Shepherd’s House.

How many times have you and I been weary on our journey of life? We feel like we are just wondering and have lost our way. We see in the distance that someone is compelling us to come in, to relax, to just sit and sup with him. We have found the Shepherd’s House.

For in that house there is peace, there is acceptance, there is healing, there is salvation, there is new life. There is a healing, a fresh anointing. You see the dessert is a lonely place there is no neighborhood, no colony, no community, no groups….there is only you, your fellow travelers, the camels, the goats, the sheep.

To find the home of the shepherd is to find the oasis. It is the warm light on a cold night. It is the comfort that your soul is longing for.

I don’t know who you are today. I don’t know what your journey has been like. I don’t know if you are struggling with aloneness, with bitterness, with misunderstanding, with hurt, with rejection, with sickness, with pain. I am telling you it does not matter.

If you are weary with the journey today. If you are struggling, if you are questioning- enter into his presence. Hear him whisper your name. Let him bind your wounds. Let him tend to your needs. Sit and sup with him. He is able to take the broken pieces and make them whole. In Him lies creative power. He makes all things new again. In the morning you will be refreshed and able to go on. But for now sit in his presence, and breathe Him in.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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