Over the weekend we lost a little baby lamb that was especially special to us. It was unexpected, and we still don't really know what caused her to get so sick so fast. A bit of a back-story for those who don't know--When Sweet Pea was just a few days old, we brought her into the house and she lived happily indoors for couple weeks before going to live with her sheep family. I continued to bottle feed her until weaning a few weeks ago. She brought us a lot of joy and laughter!
Losing sweet little animals never gets any easier, no matter how many times it happens or how "old" and tough you think you are. Farm life is so glorious...but it can also be quite discouraging and painful!
Yet, at the same time, we take special comfort in this: Our forever home is not in this sin-stained earth. Because the farm seems so close to perfect, my eternal perspective is often somewhat fuzzy. Sickness, death, (stinkin' weeds and blackberry bushes) and pain aid in reminding me that we are citizens of a different place...a perfect, beautiful, painless and tearless place.
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” ~Rev. 21:3-5