A few months ago, as I scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I was introduced to Baarack the Australian sheep that was rescued and relieved of about 35kg of wool. Aparently, that is enough wool to knit 61.3 jumpers! I’m not sure what you would do with a third of a jumper, but even so, you have admit: that is A LOT of wool.
According to the Irish Times, Baarack was found wandering alone and his rescuers said that he was once an owned merino sheep; the kind that needs to be shorn at least once a year as they do not shed their wool.
As I watched Baarack’s story play through on my newsfeed, I started to feel the tears well up. Seeing his happy little face when he was freed from that heavy load he was carrying made envy his new found freedom a little. I was carrying a load of my own at the time, although it wasn’t an overgrown load of wool tangled up with twigs and dirt, it felt eaqually heavy and messy. And yes, the additional weight on my body that I have been carrying around for years has been a struggle for sure, but it was the emotional and mental weight that was really starting to weigh me down.
Baarack’s message reached my heart with a divinely inspired truth – I had been wandering alone too long, producing and growing (which is all good) but without taking the time to stop and allow the Shepherd to relieve me of the weight of what I was carrying. You see, we all carry stuff. We know that some of it isn’t good, like the twigs, muds and tangled wool. However, sheep are known for what they produce; their wool. As children of God, we are called to be productive too, but sometimes we need to be freed from the burden of our calling.
There are times when I am so focused on what needs to be done that I lose sight of the bigger picture. I forget that I need to be cared for, before I can care. And that I have not been called to carry the weight of the world, because Jesus, our Good Shepherd, already has. When we allow the Good Shepherd to take good care of us, we are able to be productive in a healthy way; in a beautiful way.
That is why the Good Shepherd extends this invitation to all of his wandering sheep:
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.”
Matthew 11:28-30 TPT
Are you prone to wandering? Are you feeling weighed down by all the burdens you are carrying? Is your need to be productive robbing you from the joy of what you’re producing?
Perhaps it’s time to see the Shepherd. He will remove the mud and twigs that got stuck in that messy growth. He will untangle the knots and help you to take all of your acitivity and productivity and make it into something that will bring something both practical and beautiful to those who need it. And you will feel light and free in the process.
I want to live in the joy that Baarack displayed as he said goodbye to all that heaviness. And I know I am not the only wandering, heavy sheep out there. Let’s not continue to wander around on our own but agree to make time with the Good Shepherd a priority.
Make this your declaration today:
I have a Good Shepherd who is kind and gentle and who do not put heavy burdens on me. I choose to surrender the burden of productivity to Him. He helps me to walk lightly and freely within the boundaries of the purpose that He created me for.
You are so good! Help us to embrace the joy of the purpose you have created us for. Show us how to partner with you in everything we do. Thank you for shouldering the weight of our responsiblitities. Give us a deep revelation of who you are as our Source. Remind us to run boldly to you when life feels heavy, tangled and messy.
Take our heaviness. Our burdens. All of the stress and anxiety that we have been carrying. And help us to find rest in your amazing love for us.
In Jesus Name
Today I hear the Good Shepherd say:
“My Lovely One, why so restless? Have you forgotten that I have already taken care of every need you have today? I certainly have. I have also taken care of every need you will have tomorrow and in the days to come. Can you stay a little longer? Here, in the oasis that I have created for you? Let me refresh and revive you. For I AM your Life; the Source of your livelihood. My plan for you is to live light and free. To enjoy your life. The abundant life I made available for you. Because, my dear, I love you so.” ❤