Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Several years ago Elisabeth Elliot (the wife and the martyred missionary Jim Elliot) was visiting some friends who were sheep farmers in the Highlands of Scotland. In that part of the country, sheep attract parasites that get into their wool & skin eventually killing them. Farmers combat this by taking the sheep once a year and submerging them into a vat of antiseptic. For this to be effective, (the sheep which are desperately trying to get out) the farmer has to hold their head completely under the surface for a few seconds.
And she wrote in her book, "On Asking God Why"
"I wonder what it is like to be grasping for life, while it feels like your shepherd is trying to kill you. I've had some experiences in my life, which have made me feel very sympathetic to those sheep--I couldn't figure out any reason for the treatment that I was getting from the Shepherd that I trusted. The Shepherd is my Lord Jesus, of course. He didn't give me a hint of explanation.
As I watched the struggling sheep, I thought, If only there was some way to explain to these poor animals what was being done to them. Such knowledge is too wonderful for them, too high, they cannot attain to it. So far as they could see, there was no point whatsoever."
And at the very least this story teaches us, there may feel like there are times instead of the Great Shepherd trying to save us, it seems like he's trying to kill us. Yet Jesus testifies that he will always care for us, and that He has laid down his life for His Sheep.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep...I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Glorify God & Enjoy Him Forever!