The Good Shepherd’s Staff
Now, the shepherd’s staff, on the other hand, is uniquely used for the sheep alone. The staff looks like a huge question mark and stands as high as the shepherd himself. While the rod conveys a sense of authority, power, discipline, and defense, the staff speaks of patience and kindness. In sheep management, the staff is used in three ways:
- It draws sheep together into an intimate relationship with one another as well as with the shepherd.
- It catches straying sheep by the crook at the end that pulls them back as they wander away.
- With gentle prodding, it guides the sheep onto a new path or safely along dangerous and difficult routes.
While the sheep feel free from fear when the shepherd is with them, the rod and the staff are what keep the sheep in the shepherd’s comforting presence. In this difficult and fearful time, I pray you would not only keep your eyes on our Good Shepherd and feel the comfort of His nearness, but also remember that He keeps you in His presence!