Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!
Readings for April 25, 2021; Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:1-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. They [too] will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:14-15,16b
My husband has a unique and very loud whistle. When our children were young, his whistle came in very handy if we were trying to round up the family, especially when we were in public areas and we had lost sight of any one of our children. When the family heard the whistle, they knew Dad was calling. We all were to stop what we were doing and follow the whistle.
I remember a time when my husband and I were in a crowded concert hall and in the midst of all the hustle and bustle we got separated. Within minutes I heard the whistle and immediately began looking in the direction of the sound. About 20 meters away, a few stairs up a staircase, stood my husband sounding his call to me.
On another occasion, we were attending our daughter’s graduation. Off in the distance we could see all the graduates filing into their seats. Once we saw our daughter in the ocean of gowns in the massive auditorium, my husband gave out one whistle and her gaze turned and she spotted us. She knew we were there and we were cheering her on.
Yes, over the years that whistle was the sound that always let our family know that my husband was close by and we were all safe. It was the sound we could trust and which we followed, even if we couldn’t quite see him. Even now as adults our children, and now grandchildren, know my husband’s whistle and they find comfort in hearing it.
In the same way, as our children and I recognized my husband’s call and could trust that it would lead us to safety, Jesus the Good Shepherd, calls to us, his flock, and we can trust that his voice will speak truth and lead us to safety. His voice does not sound like the world sounds. His voice is heard through his word and in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His voice does not contradict what our Heavenly Father has told us. His voice directs us to repentance and forgiveness, and speaks love and guidance, safety and protection. It is the voice we can truly trust always, now and when we walk the path from this world into eternity. So wherever you are at right now, stop and listen, and you will hear the Good Shepherd calling you to safety and to rest in his loving arms.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, my Good Shepherd, thank you for always calling out for me to stay close to you. Help me to always listen and to not be afraid. In your name I pray. AMEN!