Angel, Shepherd, Warrior…………….
I was reading a devotion a few days ago about guardian angels. The author was questioning whether we each have a guardian angel (ultimately his take is that yes we do have a guardian angel). As I read through the article, he used the words angel, shepherd and warrior in the same paragraph. Those three words jumped at me and my mind was off to the races. Comparison of the three terms took some research and thought.
While those words do not immediately seem to go together, upon reflection I think you may find they do. In fact, they are probably linked much more closely than imagined.
When we think of angels we may see flowing robes, wings, halos, light, etc. When we think of a shepherd we may see rugged, outdoorsy, a loner with a staff, a flock of animals, etc. When we think of a warrior we may see armor, strength, weapons, protector, etc.
Where is the link between the three? My main thought is that all three share the aspect of guarding and the act of protection when required.
Angels watching over us (For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.Psalm 91:11-12)
A shepherd caring for the flock (He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11)
A warrior protecting from ensuing danger (David writes – Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; Psalm 144:1).
As you tend your flock remember that God is with us as we go about the job of guarding, protecting and yes, possibly even fighting.
But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;
so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
their dishonor will never be forgotten.
We need to be aware of potential danger (one step ahead), to remove our flock from anything that might threaten it (or us), and if the time comes to fight, we need to be prepared for battle.
This will have different meaning for each of us, but it is vital that we pay attention to this part of our Shepherdess job. We wish good health and long life for those we love, and do many things daily to create the environment for that to happen. I urge you to explore the ways you should increase protection for your flock. There are many classes, books, or instructors who will be more than happy to help you on this journey.
The Good Shepherdess Ministry offers a free seminar to help you learn ways to begin this process. If your group has an interest please reach out to us.
Tend your flock well, Shepherdess.