Saturday, 10 December 2011

Lambs!

That delightful time of year has arrived, when the ewes start lambing! Our hearts are filled with gratitude and praise to the Lord every time we look over the fence and see the precious new lambs, running around ever so clumsily to keep up with their mothers.

The lambing season started one mild afternoon, when I came upon Sophie and a new little addition :).





She is a beautiful little ewe, just born when I arrived.




We were able to get so close and hold and pet her to our hearts content, because Sophie was one of our potty lambs. They never forget the hand that feeds them, so Sophie's lamb is being raised to be very quiet, too!




We glimpsed an interesting part of the birthing process here:




Sophie and her lamb spent the night in our yard, and here is the lamb the next morning,
having an early feed!




During the second night, she fell down a hole and was painted in red mud :).




The second lamb to be born, another little ewe, seems to have been premature. You can see here, how tiny she is.




After four days, we decided to take her in and hand-raise her. She's too young and small to survive, not even being old enough to reach up and feed from her mother. She was quite miserable the day we brought her home :(




She took to the bottle very quickly, and Harry has become her 'Maama' :)




"That's enough milk, thanks!"




I'll have some 'finger', though. That tastes really good




By day two, she was looking like a different lamb, well hydrated and on the track to being so much healthier. She will start growing now, the Lord willing!




"Hello"




There are seven lambs now, including two sets of twins! I'd love to post more photos soon, as we take them.

When we think of lambs, how can we help but consider our Lord Jesus, Who was named the Lamb of God? During this lambing season, I was reminded of a passage from Roy Hession's book The Calvary Road, called 'The Disposition of the Lamb', where he writes:

"Look at Him for a moment as the Lamb. He was the simple Lamb. A lamb is the simplest of God's creatures. It has no schemes or plans for helping itself - it exists in helplessness and simplicity. Jesus made Himself as nothing for us, and became the simple Lamb. He had no strength of His own or wisdom of His own, no schemes to get Himself out of difficulties, just simple dependence on the Father all the time. "The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do." But we - how complicated we are! What schemes we have had of helping ourselves and of getting ourselves out of difficulties. What efforts of our own we have resorted to, to live the Christian life and to do God's works, as if we were something and could do something. The Dove had to take His flight (at least as far as the conscious blessing of His Presence was concerned) because we were not willing to be simple lambs."

May we look unto Jesus the Lamb of God. Not just as our example, but as our Lord, our Life. We have been buried with Him through baptism unto death, and raised up in Him... in His Life. Isn't this a wonderful, incredible truth! All praise to the Lord Jesus!

This is the truth which brings such joy to any season, isn't it. The joy of beholding the Lord Jesus, the precious Lamb of God, our Saviour. Blessed be His Name.



7 comments:

Sarah said...

Hi Maddy,
This lamb is soooo cute and yes, so helpless. It must be really special to be able to hold a little lamp like that and have it remind you of that the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world and redeemed us. May we be more like Him and live in Him always.
love in Him,
Sarah

Joy said...

Hello Maddy!

OH! The little lambs are soooo very cute and, and as Sarah said, so helpless and dependent. Oh, the poor little immature lamb!! How lovely it must be to take care of it :). Have you decided on names for them?

Yes, what a wonderful reminder of our Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, who gave Himself as a sacrifice for us. Thank you for sharing that, dear Maddy!
God's blessings,
~Joy

Maddy said...

Dear Sarah,

I loved to hear from you! Isn't this little lamb so cute, and yes, it is really special to hold it and to remember our Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God. This is something precious about lambs. Amen, may we live in Him always.
I pray you are well, and look forward to seeing you soon if the Lord wills.
Much love in Him,
Maddy

Maddy said...

Hi Joy!

It has been so lovely taking care of this little lamb. I was able to feed it last night, and it is really sweet to hear its tiny gulping, and to see the tail flicking convulsively :). We're offering suggestions, but Harry is yet to decide on the names! The mothers that we have named, are Polly, Sophie, Star, Bebe, Puddin 'n Pie :). The lambs names will fit into that category, somewhere!

Truly, aren't they a special reminder of our Jesus. Praise His Name.

Lots of love,
Maddy

April said...

My dear sister Maddy!

What a beautiful post. I did not see it until yesterday on the phone and couldn't comment 'till I checked it out on here this morning. :)

The lambs are so beautiful. I love it when it is the season for birth. Your lambs look alot like our goat kids! :)

I was also so blessed and encouraged by the passage you shared from "The Calvary Road". That has so encouraged me this morning as I have been going through a bit of a struggle spiritually.

It is so refreshing to share the Word and Truth with other believers so dear.

May Jesus bless you, my dear sister.

Carra - a bondservant of Jesus said...

Dearest Maddy,

Dear sister, I thought I'd already commented on your beautiful lovely post. So I am very sorry I'm so late, commenting. :(

I just wanted to tell you how much I loved it. :) And I really love the lambs... the Lord is good. I'm so very sorry to hear though that you've had some troubles with them. :( But dearest sister, remember that Joy cometh in the morning. My heart and prayers are with you, dear sister.

You are such a blessing in the Lord, and I thank Him so much for our sharing.
That is so true, sister. amen... the joy of beholding the Lord Jesus. The precious Lamb of God, our Savior. Indeed blessed be His Name. Our God. Our All.

With all of my love to you, and I'm praying for you so much,
your sister,
Carra

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Dear Maddy the dear lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world - yet we too are His lambs and "the sheep of His pasture" and He takes us gently in His arms or leads us beside still waters and His rod and His staff they comfort me - wow! what lovely LORD and Saviour, Whose birth we now celebrate but so sadly the world does not know - peace and God's grace from above be upon you and your family this Christmas time Maddy,
love Shaz in oz.x
PS. you might like to look at the post on Egypt on my blog .. one post down.