Scripture: John 10:19–30
Key verse: (27) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Reflection: There is a fun group game that I love including in team-building initiatives. It is called “Blindfold Maze.” This is a team icebreaker where all participants will be blindfolded and have to get through an obstacle course with only instructions from one leader. All the participants that are blindfolded will begin in a straight line, one behind the next, with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them. The leader then guides the group through the obstacle course / maze. The leader shouts instructions like “turn left … walk 2 steps forward …” so on and so on. You can also do this as a partner team-building game, where one person is the leader and the other is blindfolded in the maze.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” It is not easy to listen. We get distracted by things around us, we sometimes focus on what we want to say, and sometimes we are concerned about the things we may run into without trusting our leader or partner in getting us through the maze. Listening also takes time and attention. To hear the voice of the Good Shepherd is to be attuned to his Word.
“I know my sheep and my sheep know me,” says the Lord. On this side of the phrase is the invitation to follow. We listen and hear, but do we follow? It sometimes feels as if we are walking through life just like we are in the Blindfold maze, not knowing where we are going. But we are called to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and hear the voice of the one who speaks of peace, the one consoles our heartache, the one who eases our fears, and the one who teaches us the way that is the truth about life. Who do we listen to in our daily living? May each day we wake and turn our ears to the Lord, saying, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
Prayer: Lord, your words ease our aching hearts and calms our anxious minds. You know us; you lead us; you are the Good Shepherd. Give me ears to hear as you direct my steps this day. Amen.
Author: Ben Brannan
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].