Which Bible Character Are You?

Bible sheep redheaded sheep 99 sheep

Honestly?

I’d love to say I’m like Paul. But I’m not. Or, Peter, or Deborah, or Ruth. Truth said, when asked which Bible character I am most like… I think of that sheep, you know the one that wandered off from the others?

Yep, that’s me, the rogue sheep.

“Baaaaaaaa!”

My 99 friends, grabbing cell phones to call and advise me against bad mouthing myself, don’t bother. I’m good with being that sheep.

Think about it. Who did the shepherd go after?

You see, I face that sheep every morning, post prayer, pre-shower. That’s my time to write on our book, working title being, “In Spite of Us… Stalked by a Loving God.” Clicking the keyboard, shaking my head in dismay, I record the rebellious acts, stupid choices and messy consequences of a redheaded vagrant sheep. Said sheep may share my name and DNA, but beyond hair follicles and spit, today, nothing much else matches. Thank God.

Thus my patience wans, writing scenes doomed for sorrow and discontent. Even knowing that the Hero (Jesus) is coming to save the day, it’s tough to keep writing. I want to say “Don’t open that door. Really? Again? Stop! Look!.. Look up dummy!”

I wish I could skip to the stage of our story where a spiritual metamorphosis is apparent. If I did fast forward, leaving out all the muck and mire, the glory deserved by the Hero of the saga would be significantly diluted. It’d be like saying, “well, we were handling things okay on our own, without God, but he deserves credit for improving on our situation.”

What a joke!

The second half of the “we” in the story is my husband, Sandy, another sheep with beard goateefugitive sheep. In his defense, at least he showed up with a map, but staying on the straight and narrow path? Too much of a challenge. Therefore, the sheep duet, wandered around the jagged cliffs, blind and deaf to the Shepherd’s persistent calls. We were dying, drowning in a pit of self-inflicted, excruciating pain… hopeless, with no sign of relief. Picture two sheep at the bottom of a ravine, on their backs like turtles struggling to get up, bleating, “Baaaaaa!” The Shepherd should have said, “serves you right” or at least jabbed us with an “I told you so.” Instead, He kept at us, gently coaxing for us to stand up, climb back up the cliff, and follow the directions on the map.sheep on back legs in air

You can laugh, I have. Still, I’m honored to be that vagabond sheep. Grateful beyond explanation. I turned my tail to the other 99 sheep, booing their blatherings. Worse, I felt no need of a Shepherd. I had it handled. That is until I was floundering at the bottom of the gorge. At last, willing to call for help.

“Baaaaaaaa!”

And the Shepherd answered.

An accurate description of his response is written perfectly in the 23rd Psalm.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

— KJV

Yeah, I’m “THAT” sheep. The one the shepherd pursued, foraged for. That makes me special, of worth, loved. Grace given, undeserved. If you’ve ever been forgiven by someone you’ve turned your back on, you know what I’m saying. It’s humbling.

If you have not experienced this Grace, let’s talk. I know a Good Shepherd, I can introduce you to.

 

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13 thoughts on “Which Bible Character Are You?”

  1. His grace !!!! WOW !!!! It is thee sole reason I live today !! There is nothing else that could have done what His grace has done for me.

    This Line :: He restoreth my soul:

    There is no more truth than that anywhere. I was freed from the bondage of self. I have no idea what character I am or would be. My first thot was of Saul/Paul but I am not sure which of us was worse in our prime. 🙂

    Thanks Deb for giving me a reason to ramble on about His grace and what it has done in my life, in my heart & in my soul. I lived for 50 years without acknowledging Him and this priceless gift. I shan’t not live as such again 🙂

  2. saved by His grace. how long do we live under our own power before we ask for His power? we are given free will to do anything we want, as long as we are willing to live with the consequences. thank you God for saving me from myself.

  3. I think it’s no mistake that God calls us sheep. We wander off and get ourselves into lots of trouble. We’ll follow anyone or anything. We’re scatterbrained. But, in spite of all that, He is our Shepherd and He loves us as a precious treasure. I’m amazed that He called my name and that I responded to His voice.

  4. Thanks Deb for engaging me in a deep thought about how I line up with the people of the Bible. I can relate to the sheep and identify with you on the events from my past. I also fit the prodigal son. I stopped by and read your sample chapter and looking forward to the finished book. Enjoyed the style of writing and love the way you write. Your title is beautiful and I cast my vote to keep it. I’m grateful our paths have passed and thanks for allowing me to get to know you and your husband. GBY my friend.

  5. What a heartfelt, honest look at what the journey so often really is! I love how you’re not watering it down and reminding me that by glossing over the muck of my own story I’m robbing the Shepherd of His due glory.

    Oh..and this is priceless!!: “Picture two sheep at the bottom of a ravine, on their backs like turtles struggling to get up, bleating, “Baaaaaa!””

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