I am told that sheep, being stupid animals, frequently are alarmed and actually run over each other, racing away from something that startles them.
The shepherd corrects the problem by catching a sheep and gently, yet firmly, forcing it to lie down and feed quietly on the grass beneath its feet.
In our hectic, hurried, harassed age in which headache medications have become the bestselling national product, we must occasionally be made to lie down by our Shepherd-Saviour. When He steps into our helter-skelter world, He often forces us to rest.
If that has occurred in your life, give thanks—the pastures are green!
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.