"He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom..." (Isaiah 40:11).
Our son Chuck's tombstone has Revelation 21:4 carved on it. I felt this would
be a comforting verse and a witness for others because it soothed my own
breaking heart every time I read this particular verse. For my own stone,
though, I would choose Isaiah 40:11. My favorite vision of Jesus is as the
Shepherd, for as Shepherd He brings love and comfort. As Shepherd, He
understands when anguish covers us with darkness and pain and we are lost in a
fog of circumstances that leaves us numb.
Jesus enfolds us to His heart according to our need. I like to think in
particularly agonizing moments that those of us who have immediate needs He
holds even closer to His breast. I'm reminded of that wonderful verse in John:
"Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast..." (John 13:25). We need to lean back on
Jesus' breast every moment, but at certain times we need to yield totally and
allow Him to carry both us and our burden.
The following anecdote from Farm and Fireside illustrates wonderfully this
point: "An aged, weary-looking woman with a heavy basket upon her arm, entered a
train. Carrying her burden down the aisle, she found a seat and dropped into it,
resting her heavy basket on her lap. A friendly workingman sitting across from
her watched her for a long time, and then finally leaned across and spoke.
`Madam,' he said, `if you will put your basket on the floor, the train will
carry you and the basket, too.' How much truth there is in that kind remark. How
often we do as the woman did, come to Christ for our soul's salvation, and yet
steadfastly refuse to let him bear our burdens and look after our daily lives.
We are willing to get on the train, but refuse to lay down the burdens."
How blessed we are to have a Shepherd who clasps our weary heart and body to
His own pierced heart!