Trust the shepherd

Sept. 16, 2020

Scripture Readings

By the time you read this, the school year routine will have been in place for a little over a week. Some will have returned to school in person, staff and students alike. Others will be navigating online learning and homeschooling cohorts. Some will have returned to work in offices and businesses while others continue to telecommute or look for new work opportunities. We’ll be in the throes of another season of adjustment. Navigating change is often uncomfortable, unsettling, and at times, off putting.

As we navigate whatever this school year brings at home, work, school and church, I’d like to encourage us to lean into this assurance in Isaiah 40:13, “He will feed his flock like a shepherd.  He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart.  He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.”  

Jesus is aware of what we need, even more so than we are. He will feed us and sustain us. What I need in this season may be different than what you need but Jesus knows every heart and life. I can trust him to feed us.

Jesus carries us, when we’re feeling weary, unsure, frustrated, or afraid. He knows our vulnerabilities, varied as they are from person to person.  He holds us close, because we are precious to him. I can trust him to protect us.

Jesus gently leads those with young ones. Parents, I find this promise particularly reassuring.  I don’t have to have it all figured out, I can take my time and follow Jesus lead as I care for my children.  But I think this also applies broadly to those who lead others, whether that’s a parent and child, a boss with employees, or church leaders with congregation. Jesus is all-powerful and all knowing. But he doesn’t fiercely prod us forward, instead he goes before us into each and every situation, patiently, inviting us to follow. I can trust him to lead us, because he’s already gone ahead.

When the noise of overwhelm threatens to overpower me this week, and I suspect it may, I think I’ll choose instead to focus on my more than capable shepherd. There is unbelievable freedom and hope in trusting my future (with all its adjustments and discomforts) to the One who laid down his life for me.


Rebecca Schnell

Wife, Mother, friend, creative soul (and Foothill’s Director of Worship in her free time!)