Posted by Greg Stroud - Director of Sales & Marketing - Goodnews Art on 13th Jun 2016
Perhaps no theme from the scriptures is as oft repeated as that of the Good Shepherd. As a boy, my favorite Christmas bible stories were of those steadfast shepherds abiding in their fields, ' keeping watch over their flock by night'. I remember seeing paintings of shepherd boys, young like me, looking up into the starry night sky with wonder. And I too would wonder . . . what would it have been like?
Jay Bryant Ward's new piece, 'Feed My Sheep' speaks to this theme. A very young boy is listening intently as he is invited by 'The Good Shepherd' to join with Him in feeding His sheep.The viewer gets the sense that The Master is quietly whispering instructions to this little shepherd before leaving these sheep in the child's care.
And yet how can such a small young boy be up to the task? We know that the sheep are everything to the Savior. Would He truly leave them in the hands of one so inexperienced?
Perhaps the answer lies in a misunderstanding. Those who become His shepherds, regardless of their age, will never be left alone. The whispering from the Master Shepherd will continue . . . through the voice of The Spirit. Small shepherds need only learn to listen for it.
So as I ponder this beautiful image, I am left again to marvel, at how the Lord brings to pass His Marvelous Work through small and simple things. I wonder if this small shepherd, as he goes about his work, knows that he too, is one of The Lord's Sheep? When I think about that,I feel young again. ~ Greg Stroud