I was attempting to separate two young goats from my small herd so I could feed them separately. Of course this resulted in being followed by all the goats no matter where I went - into this pen or into that one - they ALL wanted the food. The door to the chicken coop had come ajar and the birds decided they were impatient for their supper and walked out into the confusion. What followed was a comedy of goats stepping on birds, goats jumping on me attempting to get the feed bucket, birds running every which way under the dangerous goat legs, and the big rooster from the coop fighting with the two little bantam roosters that live in the yard.
I finally just poured the goat feed into the dish and let the goats fight it out. Hubby handed me another bucket of feed for the poultry and I began calling as I walked back to the chicken coop. "Bird, bird, bird. Buck-wheat! Buck-wheat!" Most followed my voice. The last stragglers weren't too hard to herd through the door. Even the rooster conceded the fight in favor of dinner. Whew! They know my voice.
The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice. John 10:3-5 (NIV)I know my Father's voice. He calls to me amid the confusion of the world; He will lead me back to the fold. I might be in danger of being stepped on, or in strange territory, or faced with two fiesty little roosters; I just need to listen for His voice.
Till next time...