A shepherd was herding his flocks in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand new Jeep Cherokee advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and a YSL tie leaned out of the window and asked the shepherd, “If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?”
The shepherd looks at the yuppie, then at his peacefully grazing flock and calmly answers, “Sure!” The yuppie parks the car, whips out his notebook, connects it to a cell phone, surfs to a NASA page on the Internet where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system, scans the area, opens up a database and 60 Excel spreadsheets with complex formulas. Finally, he prints out a 150-page report on his hi-tech miniaturized printer, turns around to the shepherd and says: “you have exactly 1586 sheep!”
“That is correct, take one of the sheep,” says the shepherd. He watches the young man select a sheep and bundle it in his Cherokee. Then he says: “if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me my sheep back?”
“Okay, why not,” answers the young man.
“You are a consultant,” says the shepherd.
“That is correct,” says the yuppie. “How did you guess that?”
“Easy,” answers the shepherd. “You turn up here although nobody called you. You want to be paid for the answer to a question I already know. And you don’t know a thing about my business because just you took my dog.”
Listen, some analysis is good. But you have a problem here that is beyond your capability. Analysis won’t make it go away. You don’t need an analyst, you need a solution. This is especially true when you are in a tough situation. What do you do? How do you respond. Include this when you are struggling to find your way. Seek the Lord.
(1 Peter 5:7) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.