The Pelican, Lot, and the Lost Sheep

I watch a pelican glide across the water– regal, wings spread, eyes keen. Fluid seconds pass. At just the decisive moment, in an instant, he ascends a split second then plunges straight down and pops up with a fish in his beak. That fish, oblivious to its captor’s pursuing flight and watchful eye, is grabbed out of its own kingdom forever.

Pelican above the water

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In Genesis 19, Lot has become settled in wicked, depraved Sodom, and two angels, disguised as men, came to rescue him. When “he lingered…[they] seized him, the LORD being merciful to him, and brought him out and set him outside the city. One said, ‘Escape for your life, do not look back.’” (19:16-17)

Jesus describes one lost sheep in Luke 15:4-7. “What man, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulder, rejoicing, saying, ‘I have found my sheep that was lost.’”

SHepherd and sheep

God has His watchful eye on His beloved children. He serenely and supremely rules, never flustered, always perfect in His providential timing and mercy. At His right moment, He rescues and saves His own out of the kingdom of darkness to be His forever. May I trust His watchful care, His merciful heart, His perfect timing and ways, and ever rejoice.

I was lost in utter darkness, ‘til you came and rescued me;                                                           I was bound by all my sin when your love came and set me free.                                            Now my soul can sing a new song, now my heart has found a home,                                     Now your grace is always with me, and I’ll never be alone.                                                           – Ron Keen

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