…a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5
My husband has a distinct and very loud whistle – and some might say ear piercing. However, it is a sound our family loves to hear because it is a sound our children and I know we can trust. As children, when our kids heard the whistle, they knew Dad was calling.
I remember one occasion. We were attending our daughter’s college graduation. Off in the distance, in a massive auditorium, we could see all the graduates begin filing into their seats. Together my husband and I looked intently for our daughter. Thankfully she has beautiful long red hair which a great feature to have in situations like this- you can’t miss the red-headed ant – at least that what they looked like from our seats. Once we picked her out in the ocean of black gowns, my husband gave out one whistle and her gaze turned immediately in our direction. Within seconds she spotted us waving frantically and she knew we were there cheering her on.
There were, of course, numerous other times when the whistle was needed in moments of fear. When a member of our family got separated from the pack, my husband’s whistle would sound, and within moments, the lost would find his or her way back to the safety of Mama’s arms. Even when he and I would get separated in a crowd, I’d just listen for the whistle, and it always sounded.
Yes, over the years that whistle was the sound that always let our children, and now grandchildren, know that my husband was close by and that we were all safe. It was the sound we could trust and which we followed, even if we couldn’t quite see him.
In the same way, we can trust the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me and I lay down my life for the sheep. They will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:14-15,16b
Yes, Jesus calls to us, you and me, and we can trust that his voice will speak truth and lead us to safety. His voice is heard through his word and in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His voice directs us to repentance and forgiveness. It speaks love and guidance, and draws us to 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 right now in your life’s journey, take time to stop, dig into his precious word and listen, and you will hear the Good Shepherd calling you to himself where you will find safety 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 trust your voice and to not be afraid. In your name I pray. AMEN!