As I sat about working out what my first blog post would be on the Slanting-N I came across something I wrote back towards the start of 2018. I remember clearly writing it as it was a Saturday morning and I was going about my usual Saturday morning routine of doing the housework when all of a sudden I felt something telling me to go and write this story down. And so I sat at my computer and started typing, saving what I had done and didn’t think too much more about it other than doing this was not something I would normally do, as someone who reviews movies I don’t tend to get this sort of inspiration or calling to write something non movie related. Anyway here is the short story I felt called to write:
The Story of a Stubborn Sheep
He was born a lamb and raised by his parents to follow the shepherd who always was loving towards him as well as the other sheep. But one day he saw some other sheep that were doing their own thing, eating the luscious looking grass, and having fun. So he decided to leave the shepherd’s flock to join in the fun that the others were having. And for a while it was a good life where doing what he wanted was great but then things started to change and not only did life get harder but the fun was gone and there was no feeling of safety. In the distance he could see the shepherd watching him yet whilst the sheep’s new life was bad he had too much pride and was too stubborn to return to the shepherd. Even when things were spiralling out of control he would chose to try and convince himself things would get better. Then one day the sheep woke up and realised that life living away from the shepherd was not for him and he returned, welcomed back by the shepherd.
Yes I am the Stubborn Sheep in that story, a story which I am sure other born again Christians can connect with having maybe been through a similar sort of experience. But the thing for me was as I was typing the words everything was making sense for the first time in a long time and a sense of relief fell over me, which I cannot ever remember feeling before, it was as if every issue I had ever had all of sudden had been lifted off of me. In many ways that story was the first step to me starting the Slanting-N because it was a week later that out of nowhere another thought popped into my head telling me to start a blog about my return to faith and the things I have learned along the way. For those who wish to know more about my story just pop over and read my testimony or to learn how the Slanting N got the name click here.
Now here is the thing, yes the story of The Stubborn Sheep sounds like The Parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32 and in truth it is. The thing is that when on that Saturday morning I felt God moving me to write this story of a Stubborn Sheep I had completely forgotten about The Parable of the Prodigal Son. In fact even when more recently I read the parable again it didn’t click that my Stubborn Sheep story was the Prodigal Son story. As you can see it did click eventually but do you know what, it makes me smile because obviously the story of the Prodigal Son had stayed with me in some form from all those Sunday School lessons and I believe as I was coming back to my faith God used that, changing it in a way to give me the warmth and comfort of Jesus, the shepherd, welcoming me back having gone astray.
So on a little side note for any Sunday School teacher who happens to be here or maybe anyone who will end up teaching young children about Jesus let me encourage you. If it wasn’t for what my Sunday School teachers taught me when I was younger I wouldn’t have had that basis of faith in my life when I stopped going to church, but God used those lessons I was taught to bring me back many years later. So if you begin to question whether the work you put in to teaching the young about Jesus is worth it when you see some leave the church when they become teenagers and young adults trust me it is.