All the while I've been bleating when I ought to have been barking.
Let me explain.
First, this is not a book review; nor am I promoting one. It just happens that this particular work has tutored me more than once. And, as they (who are they(1) anyway?) say: When the student is ready the teacher will appear.
I must have been ready, because today my tutor is a Border Collie.
The scriptures often portray believers as sheep individually; flocks collectively. How appropriate! Thus I've often nodded in recognition of the similarities in attributes (mostly in other people; probably the theys). A few include the fact that sheep are:
- Not real bright (a polite way of saying dumb)
- Given to gluttony (they eat so much that when they
lie down they can't get up again)
- Likely to mindlessly wander away from the flock
- Trusting beyond belief
- Often oblivious to danger
OK, I just tossed in cute.
Now I'm beginning to comprehend (which is different than plain old knowing) just how vital is the sheep dog in the life and health of the flock. Seems, too, that any mutt will do provided it has a sheep dog's heart and a love for its master. What's more, a good sheep dog doesn't have to like the sheep so long as it (he/she) loves the Master.
The lessons are further issued from there, which means I probably need to spend a lot more time with my Master. Surely there's more to this
tail tale I need to glean.
(1) In the case of this particular quote, it is actually an ancient Buddhist Proverb.