What I Learned from the Picture On My Grandmother’s Wall


When I was growing up, this picture hung on my grandmother’s wall. I remember studying it as a child, absorbing the story that it tells.
The helpless lamb. The faithful shepherd dog calling for help.
The vultures in the background just waiting for the dog to give up and trot away to the warmth of home.
One day as I was cleaning out a closet, I came across that very picture–I had forgotten that I had it. I studied it again, and all the same feelings washed over me, but now even more.
This dog has only limited ability to help the lamb himself, but he’s trusting that the shepherd will come and complete the rescue.
We, the Church, are to be like that shepherd dog. We are commissioned to guard and protect helpless and endangered souls.
And as we do, we call on the Shepherd to come and complete the Rescue. He is the only one who can do so.
And when He comes and takes the lamb on His shoulders and says to his friends, “Rejoice with Me, because I have found My sheep that was lost!” we will be there, rejoicing with Him.
This, my friends, is real, true Christianity. When it is walked out in faithfulness, it is a beautiful thing.

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5 years ago

Very powerful! I have never seen this picture before. Thank you for sharing it!

3 years ago

I’m glad Rebecca linked to this from another article, in the comments section.

More people need such a picture on their walls. What an illustrative picture, too. Without the guard dog, the lamb is left for the vultures to pick over. Without anyone heeding the guard dog’s barking, the alerting is useless. Without the guard dog’s barking, the lamb would not stand a chance. But without anyone more powerful heeding the guard dog’s barks, it all falls down.

People with power and authority need to wield such to benefit the sheep.

Cindy Burrell
3 years ago

There is so much truth in that simple imagery! I would love to get a copy of that print!

Thank you for posting this.

Colleen Manning
Colleen Manning
3 years ago

Pictures hanging on grandmothers’ walls also had an impact on my life. You can see more pictures by the same artist at this link: http://www.bordercolliemuseum.org/WalterHunt/WalterHunt.html. I especially like the one titled, “Retribution,” near the end of the page.


[…] Below you’ll see me in my home office talking with Julie, with my Untwisting Scriptures books beside me. The plaque that says “I am ALL your armor” sits on the shelf on one side (a precious gift from a friend based on one of my blog posts from years back), and my print of the shepherd dog hangs on the wall on the other side (I have another blog post about that). […]

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