“It is well to be the sheep of God’s pasture, even if we have been wandering sheep. The straying sheep has an owner, and however far it may stray from the fold, it ceases not to belong to that owner.
I believe that God will yet bring back into the fold every one of His own sheep, and they shall all be saved. It is something to feel our wanderings, for if we feel ourselves to be lost, we shall certainly be saved; if we feel ourselves to have wandered, we shall certainly be brought back.”
As mentally ill people we seem to be always straying. We are usually very impulsive, and much more vulnerable to things that don’t seem to bother the “norms.” But because our need is so much greater we find that grace is also multiplied. We belong to His flock as much as the ‘wonderful’ sheep do. We can rest (as well as we can) in Him and in His reputation as a ‘good’ Shepherd.