I recently read about how good shepherds would often break the legs of wandering lambs to keep them from wandering. They would then carry the lamb to water, to food and everywhere else they needed to go, until their leg healed, they learned to trust their shepherd, and they learned their name. This sounds like a great analogy when you consider that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He will do whatever it takes to keep us from wandering too far. Me being me, I had to research this.
Turns out, there is no proof that shepherds in the Middle East would break their lambs’ legs. At least none that I could find. For one thing, lambs have an incredible memory and would always know who caused them pain. Also, it doesn’t make sense. Just imagine a shepherd in a pasture with ten lambs with broken legs – needing to get to water and food and possibly run from predators. There goes that whole herd. The truth is, when a sheep would continuously go wandering, the shepherd would put a “brake” on their leg. This was a weight or a clog that would keep them from wandering off until they learned their names and learned to trust their shepherd. Also, it’s a lot less cruel. ⠀ ⠀
I think we can still relate this to times when we’re suffering. God will do anything to keep us from wandering too far. He loves us so much that He will put a “brake” in our lives to slow us down and bring our wandering hearts back to him. I know I can point to several times in my life when he put some kind of weight on me to pull my heart back to him, and now I am so thankful for those times of suffering. I’m finding myself thankful already for this season of waiting that we’re walking through because I know what’s on the other side. I’m sure you can look back and point at some of those times in your life, too. ⠀ ⠀
The broken leg analogy was first used by a preacher in 1957. I’m not sure if he heard it from somewhere or made it up, but this is just a friendly reminder to always take something you hear or read and check it in the Bible! If it doesn’t align with scripture then toss it out 💗⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #JesusLovesYou⠀ ⠀