A goat fell down a well. It wasn’t yet the dry season so a little water covered the bottom. The goat’s owner went home and found his rope, but it was too short. He spent the day borrowing strands from his neighbors to make a longer rope.
He put a large loop at one end of the cord and tossed it down the well. Surely his goat would see the way to get out of the deep hole and throw his front legs into the rope, so the man could pull his goat to safety.
The goat didn’t put his legs into the loop. Instead, the animal yelped and started beating his head against the rocky sides of the well.
The man called a meeting with the villagers to get advice on how to rescue his goat. His brothers said the only way to save the animal would be if someone went down into the well, picked up the goat, and carried him up to the top.
The goat’s owner was the logical choice to descend the well. The man tied himself to the rope and was lowered down by his brothers. He picked up the animal and carried him to safety.
It was a long, tiring day and seemed like a lot of trouble to save a stupid and stubborn goat who did nothing to help himself get out of the well. The man had worked and suffered to rescue his goat, even though the animal had gotten himself into that situation.
The owner saved his animal because the loved him, just like God loved us and came to earth to save us.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” John 10:11