My Grandma Jean was the queen of all things kitschy, whether it be salt and pepper shakers having accumulated well over 200, or her complete Smokey the Bear kitchen collection. A plethora of trinkets lined the interior of my grandparents home, while garden ornaments dotted the landscapes exterior . Sparking early on in me a love to collect.
Ranging from objects that make me smile, stir up a beautiful memory, or recall God’s unfailing love. All finding a place in my heart and home.
Recently, while dusting, which by the way is something I do not prefer to collect!
My sweet ceramic lambs caught my eye as they awaited a date with the feather duster. Honing in on the smallest one with the broken leg, poor little lambie, worst for wear with a story to tell. It goes like this …
Lisa had a little lamb in her hand to purchase. It crashed to the ground , and she found its’ little leg was broken.Realizing she no longer desired this defective token, gently the Lord reminded her she too once was broken. Now a precious reminder of a brokeness healed, by the great Shepherd of which her heart is sealed
For a moment I longed to purchase a perfect, unblemished, unbroken lamb that would represent me as Jesus’ little lamb. The very thought in and of itself is flawed, for I’m imperfect, blemished and broken. I’m convinced He kept His nail scarred hands for a reason, a precious remembrance of His grace toward us.
Jesus, the sacrificial lamb of God, who came to take away the sins of the world, being without spot or blemish.
Fully God, fully man and yet without sin
Shepherd and Lamb… Lamb and Shepherd.
I’m figuring if Jesus’ scars are good enough to keep so are mine.
Lord, how kind your act of grace to be broken for us* “Being wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon you, and with the stripes [that wounded] you, we are healed and made whole.”
“For in order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.” Albert Einstein
“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 21:4
“There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.” Revelations 22:3
A Psalm of David. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalms 23:1-6
“Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock gathering the lambs in his arms, Hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.” Isaiah 40:11
* Isaiah 53:5