Daily Dose, Jan. 7 — Ezekiel

  For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. (Ezekiel 34:11-16)   “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” said the Yankee catcher Yogi Berra. But which way should I go? Which path should I take? The word from the prophet Ezekiel is to let God be your Shepherd. Let God guide you when you are tempted or confused. Life is a chain of events that is directly connected to choices we make. Let the Lord help you choose. In fact, choosing the Lord as your Shepherd is the most significant decision you will ever make. We can wander our way down a dead-end road. God, says Ezekiel, wants to be your guide. He will rescue you when you have gone astray. He will bring you home to the people who love you. He will lead you into relationships and friendships that are nourishing and life giving. He will open the gate, so you can find pastures of joy and rest. He will heal your hurts and bind up your wounds. He will protect you from the shysters of the world who just want to use you and then get shed of you. Life is difficult and there is dangerous ground out there. Don’t wander. Choose God to be your guide and Shepherd. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don