The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalms 23:1-2.
Whenever the idea of a shepherd is mentioned in our setting, we remember the herdsmen or Mallam. That comes to mind as an example of a shepherd. Unfortunately it is not a very good one especially lately when they became a menace destroying crops and killing innocent citizens. My shepherd is not a Mallam! The shepherd leads to green pastures, not dry or dead grasses & recession. Green is the lush and fruitful vegetation where grasses grow. Green also represents location, countries and pleasant places. The grasses don’t just grow, they are nurtured to luxuriant blossom. Other peoples farms are no pastures, they are the labour of men. My shepherd is not a Mallam, he leads you to greener pastures. The shepherd leads with his voice, allam coerces from the rear.
“To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice:and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him:for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him:for they know not the voice of strangers.”John 10:3-5.
The Mallam’s green pastures are located south, migration southwards is the norm. No wonder their nomadic nature especially in dry season. Many people behave similarly during the dry seasons of life, they go south. Everybody is going so lets go. Please don’t go south, it’s overgrazed. As soon as the sheep moves ahead of his shepherd he is lost. The wolves move in and have a field day. Stay in the fold, don’t move an inch until the shepherd says so. The green pastures are not south, they are where the shepherd leads. The land is green because it drinks from the rain above. Moving can be risky without direction instruction. The rain is from above south is not green; it’s from above not from abroad. Please don’t go south. The lord is my shepherd not a mallam. The mallam leads to recession & bust but the shepherd leads to fortune.
“For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.”Deuteronomy 8:7-9.