We love to hear from the members or our Shul about how they are walking out their journey with Adonai. We are blessed to have Linda Laverty share some of her writing with us from her book, “The Hebrew Connection”. Today we are sharing a portion of Linda’s book called “The Story of the Good Shepherd”. You can find Linda’s full book on Amazon through this link.
‘The Story of the Good Shepherd’
By Linda Laverty
There was once a young woman who met the Good Shepherd while she was walking on the green, grassy, rolling hills of the pasture land. She conversed with the Good Shepherd and she learned about the Good Shepherd and Him her; so they came to know each other. The Good Shepherd had a soft, soothing, and gentle voice and told the young woman many wonderful things. His words were comforting to her and she held them close to her heart for they were special treasures. The Good Shepherd loved the young woman and the young woman fell in love with the Good Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd gave the young woman a promise that He would make her His Bride and that she was to be patient and wait for Him. Even if He tarried she was not to give up hope but to keep waiting for Him. The Good Shepherd told the young woman to remember all the promises He had given to her.
The young woman went home very excited, happy and joyful. She told her family all about the Good News about the Good Shepherd that she had met and all the wonderful things He had told her. She also told her family that she was in love with the Good Shepherd and that He had promised that He would make her His Bride. Her family was happy for her.
The young woman waited but the Good Shepherd did not come. She was watching for Him but she did not see Him. The young woman’s family told her that the Good Shepherd wasn’t coming for her and to stop waiting for Him. They told her His promises weren’t true. The young woman held fast to her belief; the promises that the Good Shepherd had made to her and that He would make her His Bride and she did not give up hope. The young woman remembered that the Good Shepherd also promised her that He would carry her like a Shepherd carries a lamb; close to His heart, that He would carry her forever and that He would be her Good Shepherd forever.
One day the young woman was summoned by the King to appear before Him. She was obedient to the King and made her way to see Him. She went in to see the King in His throne room and lo and behold, she saw sitting before her on the throne; the Good Shepherd that she had fallen in love with. The Good Shepherd-King smiled at her, she was rewarded for her steadfastness and He made her His Bride.
The Good Shepherd-King is Messiah Yeshua. We are to wait for Him no matter how long it takes. The young woman is His Bride. The young woman’s family is the world trying to take her away from her Beloved; the Good Shepherd. It’s so important to be steadfast and wait for our Messiah to come to get us; no matter what the world is saying to us. Dark times are coming so don’t let the simplicity of this story obscure the very timely message of enduring until the end.