THE SHEPHERD

THE SHEPHERD

            THE SHEPHERD
(Do you know the shepherd?)

It was on Friday, and you know the usual vibe and mantra that follows after close of work; whoopee, TGIF (Thank God Is Friday).

The Friday night was going to meet me well as I have already decided to attend a seminar with some friends.

We were seated by 4:30pm waiting for the arrival of Dr. Tammy Appeh by 5:00pm.

Dr. Tammy is the guest speaker from Malawi who’s to present a paper on “Industrializing Africa in a post covid19 era”.

Seated by my sides were two wonderful friends of mine. To my right was Orakwue Oluchi Goodness and to my left was Fay Gold Shoda. We were all in a state of readiness.

This beautiful space is a 1,500 seaters auditorium with a gallery, fully air conditioned and well lighten and was filled to capacity with expectant attendees.

The expectations were high as much had been said following the massive publicity of this seminar.

At exactly 30 seconds to 5:00pm, the curtains parted and Dr. Tammy appeared.

He was dressed in a navy blue suit, white in the inside, an English bow tie and a shiny black shoe to match and also not forgetting his well styled haircut.

He wore and impressive smile that wowed every one as he swaggered to the podium to deliver his assignment.

May be as a way of introduction, he started with rather an unusual method.

This he intended to blow away the minds of his audience and get them prepared psychologically for his presentation.

To the amazement of every one, he started by reciting Psalms 23.
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1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
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2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
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3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
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5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
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6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
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This he did with a very perfect vocal dynamics and uncommon oratory prowess interlaced in a progressive and steady baritone.

He succeeded in throwing his audience into “uncontrollable laughter”. The audience laughed profusely as they rained applauses.

The cheer and ovation seemed unending when an old grey-haired man around his late 70s, popularly known as Baba Luggard, successfully meandered his way from the rear to the podium.

All eyes were on him as he beckoned on Dr. Tammy to pass him the mic. Everybody began to wonder what this new drama was all about.

Then Baba grabbed the mic and started reciting the same Psalms 23 with emphasis on THE SHEPHERD. He sounded almost incoherent but continued passionately

Before long, the atmosphere had changed. The once enthusiastic and vivacious audience started sobbing and eventually began to weep profusely, as Baba continued reciting Psalms 23.

Baba Luggard had stolen the show.

From seminar to revival meeting, as people thronged out to the podium for Baba to lead them to this good shepherd.

Baba graciously led the convicted multitudes to salvation.

Suffice it to say that Dr. Tammy Appeh is an entertainer, he doesn’t know the shepherd.

But Baba Luggard is a sheep, he knows the shepherd and the shepherd knows his voice.

In case you don’t know, this shepherd is JESUS.

Have you known HIM [JESUS] ?

If no!

Please seek him and establish a relationship with HIM so as to find salvation for your soul.

# Jesus Saves
# Jesus The Shepherd
# The Lord Is My Shepherd

ODAFE Austin Johnson
©2021

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