Hebrews 12:6 (New International Version)
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.
Noticing that a shepherd in Syria was carrying food to a sheep that had a broken leg, a traveler asked how it happened. "Did it fall into a hole or did some animal break the leg?" he queried.
"No," said the Shepherd, "I broke it."
"You broke it?" asked the surprised traveler.
"Yes. This is a wayward sheep. It wouldn't stay with the flock and would lead some of the sheep astray. It wouldn't let me near it and so I had to break it's leg so it would allow me to feed it. In doing this it will get to know me as its shepherd, trust me as its guide, and keep with the flock."
Whom the Lord loves he chastens! Isn't it good to know that the Lord loves us ... when we walk away limping!
Dear Lord, thank you that you care enough to discipline us, and love us enough to chastise us when we stray from the beaten path. In Jesus' name. Amen.