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If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Now isn’t that a crazy question. It is fun to ask though. Ask it as an ice breaker at a party and see what kind of creative answers you receive. That or people will just rolled their eyes and move on.
The bible doesn’t ask this question, but it does answer it. According to the twenty-third Psalm, we are sheep. I know, not very flattering, is it? The psalmist uses the illustration of a shepherd and sheep to teach us about God’s love and care for us. Verse two and the first part of verse three says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (NIV)
The shepherd leads the sheep to green, grazing lands where they eat and lie down. It is a picture of a full sheep. The streams of water are peaceful and clear, not roiling and murky from a flood or so fast it threatens to sweep the sheep away. God gives us what we need. Not only does he care for our physical needs, but the verse says he restores our soul. God meets our spiritual and emotional needs as well.
So, the next time someone asks you what kind of animal you would be, tell them a sheep. When they look surprised, you can tell them about the twenty-third Psalm.
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