After the rainy season and floods have passed, pools of water remain in the wadis, providing life to wilderness inhabitants.

This pool in Wadi Zin in the Negev is a beautiful illustration of the still waters to which the shepherd guides his sheep. Sheep are undiscerning and will choose water that can be quite dangerous. That is why the shepherd must lead the sheep.

It is the same with God and us human sheep. We are thirsty for fulfillment in our lives, and only God can guide us safely to that which will satisfy us. As the psalmist said: “He leads me beside quiet waters” (Psalm 23:2).

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