What’s not to love about a soft, cuddly lamb?
Yet as Sheila Walsh explains, sometimes a mother will reject a newborn lamb. Aww. How heartbreaking. Wait until you read what happens to the rejected lamb next. It will truly warm your heart and encourage your spirit.
Book Excerpt from Loved Back to Life
I grew up in Scotland with sheep all around me, field after field of white wool and incessant crying echoing throughout pastures. Of all the lessons I have learned from these defenseless, gentle animals, the most profound is the most painful.
Every now and then, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and immediately reject it.
Sometimes the lamb is rejected because it is one of twins and the mother doesn’t have enough milk or she is old and, frankly, quite tired of the whole business. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away.
They call those lambs “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die. So the shepherd will take that little lost one into his home and hand-feed it from a bottle and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with soft blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer will hear a heartbeat. When the lamb is strong, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock. “Off you go now, you can do this, I’m right here.”
The most beautiful sight to see is when the shepherd approaches his flock in the morning and calls out to them, “Sheep, sheep, sheep!”
The first to run to him are the bummer lambs because they know his voice. It’s not that they are more loved; it’s just that they believe it. I am so grateful that Christ calls Himself the Good Shepherd.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:3-4 NLT)
I am a bummer lamb. Chances are you are too.
I’ve come to accept the fact that I’ll be broken as long as I’m on this earth. I used to think that at some point God would fix me and my testimony would be a great story for other people. I don’t think that will be true anymore. And I’m at peace.
I think most of us will carry with us the reminders of being broken. We bear scars from a painful divorce, the loss of a loved one, the grip of addiction, the negative report from the doctor. Oh, God will help and strengthen us in the process. We will learn a lot more. And we’ll have a greater understanding and empathy for each other because of it. But until we see Jesus face-to-face, we’ll be broken.
But this is no longer the bad news; it’s the best news! . . .
We can dare to believe Him. We can dare to immerse ourselves in His love. We can dare to stay so close to Him that we never forget the sound of His gentle voice.
–Sheila Walsh, Loved Back to Life, page 207.
Oh, my goodness! I cannot begin to describe how moving this passage is to me. I’ve often consoled myself about my brokenness by reminding myself that I am closer to God because of my more complete dependence on Him. I am a bummer lamb—broken and rejected, but close to the Shepherd.
That resonates with my heart so much. It’s a comforting image I’ll carry with me always. I had to share it with you in case you are a bummer lamb, too.
If you are brave enough, share a way you are a bummer lamb.
Be sure to read Sheila Walsh’s book, Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free. It is available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audible audio edition, and MP3 CD Audiobook. It is also available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, Large Print, Audio CD, and MP3 CD.
|Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live FreeBy Sheila Walsh / Hampton GroupTalented and beautiful, 700 Club co-host Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career when she chose to walk away; and check into a psychiatric hospital. In this expanded edition of her best-selling memoir Honestly, she shares the struggles that brought her to her knees and the story of how God lovingly came to her rescue.|
|Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free – eBookBy Sheila Walsh / Thomas Nelson|
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