Learning From a Shepherd


A visit to a shepherd taught us about God.

What does it mean for God to be your shepherd?  What does a shepherd do?  Why would God’s people be compared to sheep? Research in books taught us a lot.  But we needed more.

We found the sheep farm online and scheduled a visit with Keith Odom, a modern day shepherd in North Georgia.  There is nothing like a road trip and soon we were on our way.  What did we learn about sheep?  Lots.  But more important is what we learned about The Shepherd. (capital S!)

What captured our imaginations and hearts the most was “Bucket Time”.  After Keith would feed the sheep he would take time to sit on the overturned feed bucket and watch the sheep.  Some never realized he was there.  Some ignored him.  Others came looking for another bit of food.  But some came, wanting to be with him.  What perfect picture of God and our choice of interaction with Him.

It was moving to see how tenderly this man cared for his sheep.  How he thought only of their wellbeing.  Does God love us like that?

He made himself available to the sheep but never forced their affection. Does God wait for us, hoping that we will come to Him?

Keith rejoiced when the sheep came to him to nuzzle or be petted.  He loved their gratitude.  Does God rejoice when we remember to thank him for all that he does for us?

The answers that we discovered:  Yes, yes, and yes.

Look at the responses of the sheep: Some never realized he was there.  Some ignored him.  Others came looking for another bit of food. Some came wanting to be with him. 

 Which response do you relate to in your spiritual journey?   He’s waiting for you.

Betsy and Laurie


 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3


by Duffey Myers

11 Comments on Learning From a Shepherd

  1. Lynna Clark
    April 23, 2014 at 9:28 am (7 years ago)

    Oh I love it! Such a sweet picture of our beloved Shepherd. Thank you sisters!

    • Writing Sisters
      April 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Lynna, Thanks for coming by and for your nice comment.

  2. Chris Malkemes
    April 23, 2014 at 10:06 am (7 years ago)

    Oh GREAT! I get to be the first to comment.
    You have nailed it on the head.”Some never realized he was there. Some ignored him. Others would come looking for another bit of food. Some would come wanting to be with him.”
    This is why I write – to show, not tell, how we can find Him perfectly by lifting up a yielded heart.
    Bet you found the sheep wanting to be with him nuzzled in yielding to the shepherd touch.
    Not a bad place to find rest….not a bad place to find peace. Not a bad place at all.

    • Writing Sisters
      April 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks Chris, It was a great picture of God and His desire to be with us. We are so much like sheep!

  3. Natalie Scarberry
    April 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm (7 years ago)

    Very nice post! Blessings, Natalie 🙂

  4. Bob Hunter
    April 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing what you learned about The Shepherd and our interaction with Him from your observations of Keith when he was feeding his sheep. Hopefully I’m one of those who come to Jesus because of wanting to be with him.

    • Writing Sisters
      April 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm (7 years ago)

      Yes, Bob. We want that too. It made us think about our own motives for coming to Jesus when we watched the sheep.

  5. naomickellogg
    May 4, 2014 at 9:51 am (7 years ago)


  6. Wanda W.
    May 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm (7 years ago)

    What a perfect depiction of our relationship with Christ. I once did some studying on sheep and your description about your trip just adds even more detail that I had not considered.


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