Multiple Shepherds But One Distinct Voice

On the outskirts of Bethlehem, a grass covered field lay as an emerald gem against the backdrop of mountains surrounding Jerusalem. It’s known as the Shepherd’s Field. Multiple shepherds bring their flocks there to graze and lie down upon the tender grass.

Multiple Shepherds Gather Their Flocks at The Shepherd’s Field

As the sun begins to inch towards the horizon at the closing of the day, each shepherd calls to his sheep. To the observer, there is a cacophony of voices traveling across the hillside. But to the sheep, they hear one voice — the voice of their own shepherd. The other voices are mere noise. The voice of their shepherd rises above the din and they follow him back home.

Isn’t that powerful?

The imagery melts my heart.

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As I seek to know God’s will and to follow my Shepherd closely, I can press into this image and find understanding. The sheep did not question which voice was their shepherd’s. They knew him. They depended on him.

And they didn’t pay attention to the other voices.

That’s it in a nutshell, isn’t it?

I can remember as a young mother leaving my babies in the church nursery, especially my youngest. Separation anxiety for both of us was high, but especially for my baby girl. Without a doubt, many tears would fall as I left the room.

But you know what? I would occasionally slip back down to the nursery hallway and listen at the nursery door to make sure my baby girl was okay. There could be several babies crying at once, but I could always determine if Nancy was one of them.

I knew her voice and could pick it out of a group of crying babies just by listening.

OR I could listen and tell she was quiet, content, and not the one crying.

I knew my baby’s voice.

There was a heart connection that amplified the sound.

That’s the way it is with Jesus.

Jesus said, “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” ~ John 10:3-5

A heart connection …

If I have a heart connection with Jesus — and I do — then I can trust that I will recognize His voice above the din. I can trust that He will make His voice known to me because He is not a God of confusion, but a God of peace.

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The enemy is the one who causes us to question whether or not we are hearing the Lord’s instruction as we seek His will.

God will make His voice known to us. He will confirm His spoken word through His written Word. Plain and simple.

The Lord is My Shepherd. I Will Follow Him

I picture myself lying down in a green pasture — my very own Shepherd’s field — when the Lord says, “Come, Nan, and follow me.” I turn towards His voice, loud and clear above the din of other noisy voices in my head and rise. Placing my foot in each of His footprints, I follow. I trust. I depend.

And I obey.


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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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