NO! It wasn’t. The sheep knew His voice. They didn’t stop and think about it, they didn’t sleep on it, nor did they call the lead sheep to get permission to act on what He instructed them to do. They followed Him.
This is huge. There are several reasons I’m thinking of this just now. My life has been “nuts” in some stressful ways for what seems a long time now . . . close to five years. I can see HUGE LIFE CHANGING BLESSINGS which I truly believe only came to me because of the HUGE SCARY “HELP ME JESUS” stuff that is also in the picture and not entirely resolved.
That being said, I truly do feel His presence, His love, and when I’m focused on Him I know He is leading me and has a plan. People close to me sometimes seem to think their plan is the one. They do not agree remotely on what their plan is. They don’t think this sheep is listening too well. They often seem pointedly urging me to change paths and disregard His instruction.
Well, I’m not living in a palace, surrounded by gold, or any of that. But, thus far, I have not been tossed on the street begging for a crust of bread. I still believe, when I’m not scared and cranky, that He has a plan and that it’s gonna happen and that He loves me and has something more than I could desire or pray for in store. So, I shall pray, get scared, and pray some more . . . and follow Him.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.