The other day I was enjoying the presence of some wonderful people here at church and one of them shared a reading from the Today booklet which centered around David. Now I should apologize for not remembering exactly what she shared (I do remember that it was beautifully written and shared) but I do recall a reference, from David, to God as being the “Good Shepherd”. This struck me, and it struck me because we also think of God as a “shepherd”. Why? Well, we can easily make an argument that it is because God cares for us as a shepherd would care for his flock. Because God loves us and is leading us…guiding us to greener grass. To “lusher” pastures. To places to feed, graze, be healthy and happy. But there is also more to this because it literally is a theme that goes throughout both Testaments.
At the beginning of the Bible, in Gen 48, Jacob refers to God as the “shepherd all of his life to this day” and then at the end of the Bible in Rev 7 we have this image of the Shepherd being our guide. Now these may be only two instances that I have mentioned but trust me when I say that there are so many other references in Scripture to God being our great “shepherd”.
But this got me wondering…if you had to describe to someone who God was, what would you say? It made sense to David to use this motif of “shepherd” as that’s what he was…that’s what he did. He believed in a God who embodied everything a good shepherd would do. But what about you? If you are an architect would you say that God is like the “Good Architect”? If you are a painter or sculptor then would you say that God is the Good Artist? What about the Good Lawyer? The Good Chemist? The Good Barista?
Yes. You can…and should. God is everything, is everywhere, and is in everything. David described a God who was personal, understanding, and made sense to his understanding…and for some reason we can still relate to that metaphor of a “shepherd”…but it also means that we have the ability to relate to God in our own careers as well. He IS the “Good Professor” or “Good Doctor”…the Good ______. There is no place where God isn’t at, no area of “calling” where God doesn’t declare “Mine!” and no occupation where we cannot look to God as “being” in that as the “Good ______”.
Just My 2 Cents