E-votional  Fence-Lines
April 10, 2001
"For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your soul."
-1 Peter 2:25 (NRSV)


Driving around the roads of East Texas can be interesting.  Just the other day there were some 20 head of cattle that had gotten out of the fence and decided to take over the road.  All they were trying to do was walk and not be in the fence-line.  It did not matter that the grass in their own pasture was full and quite safer than the side of the road, they just wanted out.  No sooner than the cattle were lose and taking over the road, there were people doing their best to get the cattle back within the fence-line to safety.  The people that helped did not own the cattle, but they worked the cattle just as hard anyway.
Hear the Good News, when we find our selves wandering astray, that is when people will come into our life to re-focus our life and direction that we might be who God has called and do all God would have us do.  Moreover, when we see others that are wandering, shouldn't we too seek to bring them back among the fold?  Shouldn't we bring them to the Shepherd? Another thing to think about, the fence-lines in our life, they keep the predators out and enable a community to dwell together.
Lord, we wander, we wander through life, on our feet, in our mind and with our hearts.  We are an unsettled people, always looking to wander.  And then we have a Shepherd, a Shepherd who watches over us, over me.  May He keep me under His care all of my days.  Father, when I do wander, bring me back to the fold, and let me live under Your Care.  Thank You for all You have done in my life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.  Amen.