Katie gazed in wonder at the treasures held captive behind the frosty toy store window.  Porcelain dolls, china tea sets, and fluffy teddy bears beckoned her to come and play as she stood with her nose pressed against the fogging glass.

“Katie, we have to go now or we’ll miss the train,” said her mother in a hurried voice.  Still mesmerized, Katie stood frozen on the bustling Chicago sidewalk.

When Katie finally turned around to follow her parents, they were nowhere to be found. She cried out frantically. After what seemed like hours, Katie finally saw the panicked faces of her parents in the crowd. Within seconds she was enveloped in a warm, comforting hug. Her parents had found her.

Like a loving parent cares for each of his children, a shepherd cares for each lamb in his flock. In our text, we read that Jesus is the Good Shepherd Who “. . . giveth His life for the sheep.” He cares deeply for each little lamb.

Have you strayed from your loving Shepherd like Katie did from her parents? Do you fear that He will not be able to find you? Take comfort in the fact that He knows each believer by name and knows every detail of our lives, right down to the number of hairs on our heads. Why not take a moment to thank the Lord for always being there when you need Him most?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered Heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He Who made the lamb make thee? – William Blake

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder