Lost Sheep

The prophet Ezekiel compares God’s care for his people to a shepherd diligently searching for lost sheep (Ezekiel 34:12a).This powerful image speaks not only to God’s love but also offers valuable advice for navigating our social lives.

Like me, many of us can relate to the scattered sheep. Stepping into a new environment, whether a bustling party or a business meeting, can trigger a desire to retreat into a corner, scanning faces for a familiar one. We crave the comfort of the known, the security of “our sheep” – those who share our interests and perspectives.

However, just as a shepherd prioritizes the well-being of all his flock, we can broaden our horizons by venturing beyond our comfort zone. Those who, like Ezekiel’s shepherd, actively seek connection, even with strangers, possess a valuable quality. They understand that fostering relationships with diverse individuals enriches life.

This doesn’t mean abandoning our natural tendencies entirely. There’s comfort in familiarity, and introverts bring valuable strengths to social interaction. But occasionally ignoring the “Ezekiel” within, the voice urging us to stick to “our sheep,” can lead to unexpected growth.

By engaging with people from different backgrounds, we open ourselves to new perspectives. We challenge our own assumptions and discover hidden connections. Engaging with the “sheep of a different kind” expands our understanding of the world and ourselves.

Ultimately, it’s about finding a balance. We can honor our natural tendencies while cultivating an openness to connect with others, regardless of their initial similarity to our existing flock. This journey starts with acknowledging our comfort zones and, like the shepherd, taking the first step towards the unknown. Who knows, the quiet corner might hold fascinating conversations waiting to unfold.



About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

Leave a Reply +

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *