The Lost Goat

It is amazing the revelations that come to me as I spend time outdoors in nature. Growing up, my family developed a golf course in the rolling hills of Ohio. I had hundreds of acres to roam and explore right outside my back door. Climbing trees, jumping in the pond, picking apples, chasing chickens, petting the cow, and mowing grass was an everyday event. I always felt God’s presence while surrounded by His creation. This week I have reconnected with the beauty and awe of God’s creation that I knew as a child growing up in the country. From day one walking the Raise land I could feel a stirring within me that God was going to speak to me through this work project. My first assignment was to help herd the goats with Jamie. Jamie and I laughed, we cried and also thought maybe possibly we were being filmed for a Jamaican reality TV show as we attempted to keep the herd of goats together. I had my spiritual revelation that day while listening to a lost goat crying out. He couldn’t find the rest of the herd and was making the loudest and most pathetic cry ever. Finally Jason, the real shepherd of the flock, came running to the rescue of the lost goat and helped him reunite with the herd. Truly as simple as it sounds I had a moment of “WOW” I’m seeing in the natural a spiritual principle lived out. Luke 15:4 what man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it. Well today I was herding the goats again when in the far off distance a lost goat could be heard crying out trying to find the rest of his people… Mia, Jamie and I were commissioned to find the lost little goat and bring him back. As we trudged through the brush, marched up hills, listened for the cry of the lost goat, battled doubts of ever finding the goat, I once again thought maybe just maybe we were being filmed for a reality TV show. BUT we were persistent and didn’t give up. We searched high and low and finally found the little lost goat. We were able to guide him back to the goat pen with many snack stops. As you can see from the pic posted our joy at being able to find the lost goat was quite exuberant!!! Luke 15:6 and when he comes home, he calls together his friends, and neighbors, and says to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!” There was such a sense of accomplishment and relief when we were able to reunite the goat with his friends. How much more does our God and Savior rejoice when one who is lost becomes found?
It has been such a joy serving here in Jamaica in whatever way needed. I’ve danced, I’ve carried buckets of cement, I’ve herded goats, made bracelets with children, prayed with people, shoveled dirt, choreographed dances with a local dance team, but the most important thing I’ve done this week is make myself available for God to use. I encourage everyone to reach beyond your comfort zone and go on a short term mission trip! God will speak to you in unexpected ways!!!
parTAY on!
Peace,

April J

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