By Benjamin Tyler
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not consume you. For I am your Lord and God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)
My family and I had the opportunity to visit Northern Ireland a few years ago. Northern Ireland is a beautiful country full of long-standing culture, unique people, and stunning landscapes. But one of the things that stood out to me the most was the sheer amount of sheep (no pun intended) that grazed the northern hills. They could be found on almost any hillside in Northern Ireland and always looked so peaceful. I wondered why they were so peaceful; there are many dangers present, such as wild animals, harsh weather, and the towering rugged cliffs. But I realized that wherever there were sheep, there was always someone there to watch them and to keep them safe. This reminded me of the promise God makes to all of us. If we trust Him and put our faith in Him, He will always be there to protect us from whatever obstacle or difficulty we face. After all, isn’t He our Good Shepherd?