Friday, April 25, 2014

Lessons from Lambs - A Friday Finds

Maybe we came to West Virginia a week too early...or maybe Spring is a week late...(the high mountains are still pretty dormant).


But the timing for finding lambs could not have been more perfect!!!


We came across a flock of about 200 ewes...and the owner/caretaker said they average 2 lambs each.

Then things began to get very active...they were all very aware of their owner...and began crossing the road to follow him.  At first, mostly the ewes...


Then the lambs started to catch on...to follow their moms to the action.  But what was the action?


He brought out a tractor with a contraption that spread corn all over the grass. 


The ewes were ON it...like white on rice...and the lambs could not get a look for nothin'!


And even lambs who were in the thick of it even seemed clueless (or perhaps this one already had the pecking order down and knew it wasn't his turn)...so much to learn when you're a baby!


But I could not help but be fascinated at how these sheep knew who their shepherd was. It was obvious this was the owner and not just a hired hand.  They knew who cared for them.  And they never let him out of their sight, followed them without straying to the right or to the left, without doubt or fear.  Just having celebrated Easter, I thought about how Christ proclaimed to be the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep in John 10.  And the characteristics of His sheep are plain and simple:
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
Oh that I might follow my Shepherd as this gift of grace found in these sheep on the backroads today.



18 comments:

  1. Denise love the storyline those lambs know instinctively whose the boss.

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  2. What a delightful collection of images of the new arrivals with their Mummys :)

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  3. A lovely set of images that just say spring. The good shepherd indeed. :)

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  4. This is so beautiful...the photos and your words!! So thankful for the shepherd!

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  5. Best post of the day! I love the lambs and you managed to capture a variety of images that told a wonderful story. This is my first visit to your blog - nice to meet you!

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  6. Sweet photos! and cute story!

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  7. Oh, they are so sweet, aren't they? And so trusting ...

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  8. They are so cute ... lovely photos and story, Denise !
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Sylvia

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  9. J'aime l'histoire que vous racontez avec ces photos <3

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  10. These little lambs bring a giggle! Such great images and such a great reminder of God's love!

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  11. Oh Denise, what a lovely set of images to portray your message! AMEN!

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  12. Lovely sweet lambs, a great set of images !

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  13. Love the lambs. Grew up in a rural area and love seeing these images.

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  14. Beautiful analogy to the Shepherd and the Lamb. I loved your photos. The one with the two lambs behind all the ewes was precious.

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  15. What fun! This reminds me: we encountered some sheep/lambs a few years ago up in the mountains near Steamboat Springs. I took a LOT of photos...couldn't get enough of the little critters. And the other day, home from work and sick with a bad cold, I watched The Sundowners...I especially enjoyed the leaping lambs and shearing footage.

    xoxo

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