“Dooryard” Treasures

Written By: Chris Mace

"Dooryard" Treasures
Downeast Dooryard

A Maine “dooryard” is often the source of surprises and treasures! Scrap lumber? Junk cars? Old buggies? Clotheslines? Free ranging chickens? Weeds? Goats? Playgrounds? Cast off toilets? Whirligigs? Beautiful lilacs? Callous chaos? A lovely, sculpted lawn? Or some combination with a dog or two thrown in!

Maybe even sheep and a lobster boat!

Like Old Faithful, which erupts predictably for three minutes twenty times a day, this lobster boat has faithfully and reliably weathered many fishing seasons. Time and again, the boat has passed that test and is named accordingly.

Fulfilling expectations is an important trust builder. Familiarity with equipment or people or situations provides a certain comfort level. Knowing someone’s weaknesses, strengths, and quirks enables one to deal with them, but predictability and reliability promote confidence. That is what sheep find in their shepherd.

In the context of belief and relationship, the well known twenty third Psalm speaks of the Lord as being a courageous Shepherd, as One who meets the needs of His sheep, who leads them to quiet places while restoring their souls, and who never ever deserts them. But even more than that, scripture proclaims that Jesus came to us as the Good Shepherd, seeking to rescue the “lost” while willingly putting himself in harm’s way to the point of sacrificing his own life to save them.

Knowing that God’s purposes are always good and that He patiently and intentionally shepherds his sheep is assurance that His promises hold firm both for today and always. The Psalmist said , “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.” (Psalm 33:4) He has kept and will always keep His word.

Jesus is described by different names in Scripture including “Faithful” and “True” and the “Word” (Revelation 19:11) (John1:1). As expressions of God’s nature, he met expectations and gives us confidence in his redemptive work, in his triumph over evil, and in assurances of life eternal when we believe. (Romans10:9-10). When we trust Him, we can sing with the Psalmist: Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3)

He is forever faithful..


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