There’s really no theological commentary to add to this one. Sheep don’t intentionally try to escape and hide. At least I don’t think so.
However, just the other day someone asked me how it felt to be lost. I politely replied that I’m not lost, but escaped. And then I thought of this cartoon and realized that even though I have escaped, I keep getting dragged back into the fold, engaging in the conversation around theology and the church.
So I guess some of us are like sheep in the desert, making our own noise outside the fold but close enough to still be numbered with it. Lost or escaped, it is all embraced.