"He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
Close to the heart of Christ! I can feel his vibrant warmth, his loving protection and vital strength as he carries me, leading me beside the still waters and through the dark valleys. He pulls me away from dangerous places, urging "Follow me!"
When Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw brothers Peter and Andrew fishing there. "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men," Jesus called. I often wonder what drew these two to leave their nets at once and follow along? Did they see a gentle shepherd? Did they recognize his royalty? Did Jesus have a magnetism, a uniqueness?
What draws me to follow him? To quote from the song, "How Many Kings", I give my answer:
"How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me."