For thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out." Ezekiel 34:11.
Have you ever heard of the “buddy system”? Sometimes it’s used at the swimming pool or at the beach. Other times, it’s used where water isn’t even involved, like when people are on a playground, or hiking, or on a field trip. With the buddy system, everyone is always supposed to know where his or her “buddy” is. Sometimes the leader will call out “Buddies!” and pairs of partners need to raise their hands together to prove that they are together, that no one is left alone, because being alone can be dangerous, at times, like when you are in the water.
Being with the Good Shepherd is kind of like a buddy system. “I’ve got my eye on you all the time,” Jesus says. “Make sure you keep your eye on me.” That way you’ll never be alone, even when things are frightening.”