Stillness Over the Flock


Q. What’s the difference between a noise and a sound?

A. It depends on who you are.

To some, the cries of an infant are an annoyance–AKA, noise. To others, they are the song of life. The same can be said about the bawling and baahing that takes place around a sheep farm just after feeding.

To an outsider, i.e. anyone besides this farmer and her family, the sound of a couple hundred ewes calling their lambs back to them, combined with the sound of close to four hundred anxious lambs calling for ‘mom’, all at the same time is, well…annoying and loud. Our household would readily agree with the loud part, but we’d replace the ‘annoying’ with ‘amazing’.

What makes it so amazing is the fact that just like a mother can distinguish the cries of her child from the other babies in the church nursery or in a park full of other children, ewes can distinguish the cries of their lambs from among ‘the masses’. Equally amazing is the fact that just as a child knows its mother’s voice from the very beginning, the lambs can distinguish their mother’s voice equally well.

So…after the ewes have eaten, it takes very little time, and virtually no confusion, before everyone is reunited and all is well.
Day after day it’s the same. But in spite of the predictability of their actions, I never grow tired of these daily ‘family reunions’. Watching the lambs take refuge close to their mothers’ side, being welcomed by gentle motherly nudges, and listening as stillness settles over the flock is reassuring and gives me a sense of peace.

This reassurance is the voice of God speaking to my heart; reminding me of the truth that no matter where I am, or how many of his children are crying out to him at any given time, he hears me. And not only does he hear me, but God is personally interested in who I am, how I feel, and what I have to say. The Psalmist reassures us of this….

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.-Psalm 34:17

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.-Revelation 3:20

Each time I call out to him, I am welcomed into his presence with the knowledge that my voice is a sound he longs to hear, and never an annoying noise. I know without a doubt that he will never not recognize my voice.

And so it is with you, too. You can rest assured that no matter where you are, or how many of his children are crying out to him at any given time, he hears you. And not only does he hear you, but God is personally interested in who you are, how you feel, and what you have to say. To the Savior, your voice is always a welcome sound-music to his ears-and never an annoying noise.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.-1st Peter 5:6-7

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