The Squeeze Chute – b
My friend, Pastor Glenn Holderead, raises cattle in Oklahoma. We talk often, encouraging each other with what the Lord shows us from our every day lives. We were talking about the corral in which he gathers his cattle to care for them. Pastor Glenn described it to me and explained how it’s used. As he did, the Holy Spirit began to show both of us how a simple thing like this fenced in holding area for cattle can illustrate how perfectly God cares for us. Here’s how Pastor Glenn cares for his cattle in the corral. First, he brings them in and shuts the gate. Once they are secure, Pastor Glenn feeds them fresh water. After this, he moves them into what he calls the “squeeze chute.” This is a part of the corral that grows increasingly narrower until the cattle are no longer able to move freely. Then, Pastor Glenn examines them to see if they’re healthy or in need of any special care. Before he lets them leave the “squeeze chute” he vaccinates them against disease. Finally, he sets them free to the safety of the green pasture awaiting them beyond the corral. Psalm 23:2 (NKJV) says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.” Romans 12:2 (NKJV) says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” I’m Dr. Bob. The corral, with its “squeeze chute,” illustrates Christ’s design for how He cares for His “sheep.” First, the Lord brings us into the sheepfold. Then, He provides rivers of living waters, from which we can drink and never thirst again. Next, He takes us to His divine “squeeze chute.” This is where the Holy Spirit works to transform us by renewing our minds, and vaccinates us against the world’s way of thinking. Finally, we’re set free to lie down in His “green pastures… beside still waters.” That’s a perfect picture of grace!
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