The lamb contentedly wandered about the lovely green meadow. What a peaceful wonderful place this was! There was delicious grass which also made a soft bed for her to lie down in when she was tired. There were lovely shade trees to rest beneath if the sun became too warm. The was a cool refreshing pool of still water to drink from whenever she grew thirsty. There was the companionship of other sheep for as you know, sheep are not solitary creatures.
Best of all, there was the Shepherd. He made sure she had everything she needed. He cared for her if she became sick or injured and he protected her against any enemies. She had everything she needed and she spent her days living a fairly care-free life... for awhile.
Then one day, the Shepherd told her that she was going to have to go on a journey. It was going to be a long, hard journey. She would become tired at times and might even feel lonely sometimes. The path would be rough and there would be places with sharp stones and ruts and sometimes she might even find herself limping in pain. During the journey there would be some lovely, pleasant days but there would also be fierce storms and cold, dark nights but... even if she could not see him, hear him or touch him, he would always be right there with him. Was she willing to follow Him or would she try to make the journey on her own?
The lamb's heart pounded wildly. What was the Shepherd saying? Why couldn't she stay here where she was happy?
With eyes full of compassion, the Shepherd looked at her and said, "Come, follow me."
The lamb peered out beyond the meadow. The world was a scary place and she trembled at the thought of all the dangers it held. Then she remembered... she was not alone. She was following the Shepherd.
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