By Laura Krone
The other day while I was driving our Land Cruiser to town, I was reminded of the passage in Matthew 25 about the final judgment, when Christ “will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats”--the sheep representing those who will inherit the kingdom of God, and the goats representing those who will go into the eternal fire.
I discovered a pretty good way to separate sheep and goats: drive a diesel truck down the road with the horn blaring towards a flock/herd of sheep and goats. The goats will quickly scurry out of the way, but the sheep will stand there dumbly staring at you until you turn the vehicle off the road to go around them… and then they will run in front of the vehicle. (Don’t worry--I haven’t actually hit any sheep.)
So I thought to myself, "Why does God pick the sheep? The goats are cuter, smarter, cleaner, better-smelling, and tastier than the sheep. If it were up to me, I would choose the goats."
But if it were up to me, I would probably have picked an extroverted, relational doctor or teacher or car mechanic (someone with practical skills) to be a missionary in South Sudan, not an introverted, task-oriented engineer. Apart from the fact that I look and sound different than most people around me, I often feel like a fish out of water in a role that’s more about building relationships than solving problems.
The Lord has been reminding me recently though that he is in the business of choosing the foolish to shame the wise and the weak to shame the strong “so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Cor 1:27). What a gift it is to be in a role where it’s not as easy to get confused and think that I deserve the credit instead of God. I have the opportunity to see my weaknesses display his strengths, to come to him in dependence and rejoice at witnessing him show up in powerful ways.
So as unflattering as it is to be compared to a sheep, I’m thankful to have a wise and loving shepherd leading and guiding my paths. And what a privilege it is to be a part of seeing the Lord seek out and rescue his lost sheep.