He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. – 1Peter 2:24-25, NASB
I’m not good about writing things down. Seriously, you’d think I would learn after a bazillion missteps, forgotten whatevers, and lost moments. But here I am, a full grown woman who still fails to write things down. Appointments. Order amounts. Directions.
That last part is where my thoughts went today. Because, like a sheep, I stray continually, especially without directions. Case in point: I went to my daughter’s first cross country meet a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited; she’s a good runner and she loves it, and this is the first year she’s allowed to participate in a school sport. So it’s a big deal. One would think that I’d write down the directions to the golf course where she’d be running, right? Especially since it was almost a two hour drive to get there, and she’d run that mile-long race in about six minutes. Not a lot of room for error there. But guess who didn’t write down the directions.
Guess who was late for the race.
I turned left where I should have turned right. By the time Google maps via my smart phone got me back on track I was able to make it in time to see her finish. She did so well—placed ninth in the junior high division—and I’d miss all but the last thirty seconds.
I needed a road guardian that day. Luckily, I did have that smart phone, or I would have missed it completely. But still…
Life seems like that sometimes, doesn’t it? We turn left instead of right and can’t figure out why we’re at the feedlot (If you’ve never been near one, ew. That’s all you need to know.) instead of the golf course.
Praise God, while life is that way, Salvation isn’t. Those who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ have a soul Guardian, and He doesn’t fail. Jesus told his disciples “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28, NASB)
He who holds eternity also holds his sheep in it. No matter which way we turn, he will keep us safe in His hand.