This lamb serves as a poignant reminder about summer.
Summer can be filled with activities from dawn until dusk, but it also needs to be savored!
Look again. See how relaxed the lamb is? It is taking a nap on a foundation beam in the barn. It has no worries at the moment. It is trusting its Mama to keep watch over it.
If you are the Mama who is keeping watch over your little lambs, stop and think about how they react to your summer schedule. Are your little children relaxed? Are they resting secure knowing that you are watching over them? If you are keeping a frantic pace trying to fit everything in ~ stop!
Your summer should be mix of restful bliss and memorable activities. It needn't cost you any more than any other season of the year. In fact, it might be the easiest time of year on your budget: no schoolbooks, no winter coats, and plenty of fresh choices at the local Farmer's Market.
If you cannot remember when the last time you stopped and rested was, then choose today. Rest in God's grace, rest in the peace that Christ gives. In Psalm 46 the Israelites were commanded to "Be still, and know that I AM God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
We cannot follow God's command to know that He is God if we cannot be still. If you have lost your sense of wonder at the power and majesty of God, you are too busy. If God is not being exalted through your words and actions, then you are too busy. Take time today, even just five minutes right now and focus on the beautiful world around you that God has created. Focus on the Creator and Giver of life.
Choose today to be one of His sheep, who going in and out and finding pasture. Rest secure knowing HE is in control and guards the gate. Find your rest in Christ alone. Find a moment of summer bliss when you put aside your own agenda for the day and lay down to rest at His feet.
Just as the Ewe sheep cares for its lamb, God cares for His children. God's love knows no boundaries. Rest in Him today.