A solitary sheep is living life in the fast lane

An animal shelter worker spotted the sheep last week grazing just feet from traffic on a wooded highway median near Mansfield. How it got there is a mystery but police first received reports of the animal about a year ago at the junction of Interstates 495 and 95. A number of rescue efforts have failed because the animal is afraid of people, and authorities are wary of using tranquilizers because a drugged animal could wander onto the road. North Attleboro shelter volunteer Linda Faber contacted a sanctuary in New York that offered some suggestions for catching the sheep. One idea is to set up a pen with another sheep to take advantage of the flock instinct. "The longer that the sheep is there, the more likely he or she will be too wild to approach, and the most likely problem of course is that the sheep will be injured by a motorist," said Susie Coston, national shelter director for the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Faber said she has three farms willing to take the sheep if it can be captured. "A sheep doesn't belong in the middle of the highway," she said.

As I read this article on today, I thought how silly we sheep look when we try to live life in the fast lane. I know we think we are really smart and all, but after all Jesus didn't pick the smartest animal in the world to describe our relationship with Him. No, sheep are not known for their IQ, but they are known for hearing, knowing, and following the voice of their shepherd. And according to Jesus, The Good Shepherd, sheep NEED a shepherd! And Jesus, when He came out, saw many people and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34

Not only do we sheep look silly when trying to live life in the fast lane, we are surrounded with danger when we get out of the sheep fold, and we don't even know it. As a pastor, I have found that the most difficult job of all is trying to catch up with sheep that are out of the pen! Not the fact that they sometimes don't pick up the phone or call you back after you leave countless messages, but the fact that they usually are so quick to tell you that they are doing fine, how much God is blessing, how they are walking in love, and how they have already prayed and everything is OK! I think to myself, poor sheep; you don't even see that you are 6 feet away from dangerous I-495 on one side and I-95 on the other. You have God's rescue squad standing at attention, and you still think that things are just fine!

Let's choose to remain in the safety of the sheep fold, the pen! For when, I remain in Jesus' hand, whose hand remains in the Father's, no man can pluck me out! Now that is safety, but if we rebel we will find our selves in harms way again like the sheep in this article singing, don't worry be happy!