During the World War some Turkish soldiers tried to drive away a flock of sheep. It was on a hillside near Jerusalem. The shepherd who was sleeping was suddenly aroused to see them being driven off. But single-handed he could not hope to recapture his flock by force.
Suddenly he had a thought. Standing up on his side of the ravine he put his hands to his mouth & gave his own peculiar call which he used each day to gather his sheep to him.
And his sheep heard it. For a moment they listened & hearing it again they turned & rushed down one side of the ravine & up the other & it was quite impossible for the men to stop them. So the shepherd was away with them to a place of safety before the soldiers could make up their minds to pursue them.
- The King's Business. (moreillustrations.com)
“…My sheep… will listen to my voice…” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:15-16).
“Experience has taught me that the Shepherd is far more willing to show His sheep the path than the sheep are to follow. He is endlessly merciful, patient, tender, and loving. If we, His stupid and wayward sheep, really want to be led, we will without fail be led. Of that I am sure.” - Elisabeth Elliot.