Have you ever felt lost or alone? For me, that feeling is mostly associated to times when a situation or season arises I have no idea how to handle, and I wish I had a mentor. I have been blessed during times when God has raised up someone to guide me, but He always fades the relationship through busy schedules after just a little time of learning and growing. I think most of that comes from the Elijah/Elisha thing. Elisha had no idea what power God could display through him until his role model was gone. He had begun to identify God even as the God of Elijah. In 2 Kings 2:14 after Elijah is gone, Elisha even says, “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then, God moved for him to show that His presence does not come and go with mortals, even when that mortal is noteworthy in obedience.
To be honest, I have no idea how to raise up children to seek after God. I don’t know how to nurture three young hearts to know their true value in a world that tells them appearance and money is power. I don’t know how to live as a wife that encourages and is a blessing. I know that full well. So, when God puts other amazing women in my life, I am prone to do what they do, walk like they walk, and love like they love. Normally, there would be nothing wrong with that. The few women are saturated in Scripture and are walking a path of faith. But, it’s their path and not something I can mimic because my family and life look differently.
God doesn’t want to be known as “the God of (insert amazing Christian’s name here).” He desires to be known to you as “The God of (insert YOUR name here).” In fact, each time I do pray regularly for a mentor, I am usually handed this verse instead: As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:27
I’m usually okay with the confirmation, but occasionally, I get unsure of my path and go back to asking to see if the answer is different in my new season. The most recent instance of this, God led me to the idea of bummer lambs. You may not have a weird and random secret desire to raise sheep in your backyard housing them in the playhouse, and therefore, may not be familiar with the bummer lamb term. Truly, I know almost nothing about real life sheep, I’ve only read about raising them, but I still want sheep so bad!
Anyway, bummer lambs are sheep that have no mother care. It could be because something happened with the mother so that the lamb is now alone, or that too many siblings have won out over the care, particularly if the lamb is the smallest of triplets. Sometimes, these lambs can be successfully “adopted” in by another sheep mother, but other times, these lambs need to be fed and cared for entirely by the shepherd. The lambs have no one to follow out in the pasture.
It’s a terribly sad thought, but you know what I read each time I read about them? These lambs are the first to respond to the shepherd’s voice.
They are the first! Maybe you’re in a season where you feel alone or lost. It can be hard walking without peers, but the Shepherd is always guiding. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until the shepherd is around to stay close to him. We follow One who is always present. Chin up, child of God. You might be a bummer lamb for now, but you have been adopted by a good shepherd.