He tends his flock like a shepherd;
He gathers the lambs in his arms
And carries them close to his heart;
He gently leads those that have young.
God is my Shepherd.
A few weeks ago my husband and I found out that our sweet little Brinnley will need to have eye surgery on both of her eyes to fix her Strabismus in the coming year.
While this is not life threatening by any means, the thought of having our four year old have surgery on both of her eyes at the same time does cause this mama’s heart to become anxious.
Yet God, in His perfect timing, reminds me through the verses this week that He is my Shepherd, and He is a GOOD Shepherd.
He goes before me… many times years in advance.
Over ten years ago my husband, while he was in residency, was assigned to teach a group of fun and energetic med school students during their ER rotation. If you knew my husband, you’d know that he is an AMAZING teacher and always likes to make things super fun and engaging… even in the ER. One of the girls in this particular group loved her ER rotation so much that she decided to go into Emergency Medicine once she graduated from medical school. However, a year into her residency program she realized it wasn’t that ER itself was so fun and exciting; it was because my husband had made it that way as he taught her group. Long story short, she changed her specialization and ended up going into Ophthalmology.
As the doctor ended her examination of Brinnley’s eyes, she turned to me and asked, “Are you by chance Dr. Perritt’s wife?” Surprised by the question, I responded with a yes, wondering how she knew my husband since he doesn’t work at her hospital. She shared that Dirk had taught her and her group of medical school friends years ago. She went on to say how much they all enjoyed their ER rotation with him – so much so that she was the one who originally went into Emergency Medicine!
Now years later, through God’s providence, my amazing Good Shepherd tends to this mama’s heart. Anxiety begins to melt away, and I know my daughter is in good hands.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd.”- Isaiah 40:11
Ohhh friends, I can’t tell you how God used what He had done in her life years ago to bring comfort to me in that doctor’s office now over ten years later. Just the fact that she knew my husband helped me to relax. But God wasn’t done with His amazing surprises just yet…
Not only did our doctor know Dirk, but her own daughter has the same eye condition as Brinnley and has gone through the same type of surgery!
“Ohhhh sweet, Jesus!! You amaze me in how you weave the details of our lives together! You are indeed a Good Shepherd in how you tend to this little flock of mine. Thank you.”
We are never promised a life without surgeries, storms, or heartaches, but God does promise that we will never go through any of them alone.
Sweet friends, we serve an amazing God.
I love it when He blesses me with the opportunity to see His hand at work in my life through the amazing details he so tenderly hems in. Today I am thankful for this glimpse into the heart of my loving, compassionate God who is actively working in my life and in the lives of my children.
Take heart my sweet friend… you are in good hands. He gently leads those that have young.
We may not always understand the bends in the road as we follow our Lord, but we can trust the heart of the One who leads us.
He is a Good Shepherd.
Love God Greatly!
Let’s talk: How has God been a Good Shepherd in your life? Let’s share and praise Him together today!