Some of the rural illustrations of the bible do not transfer easily into modern life .What is a good shepherd like ? What did Jesus mean by that term ? A small incident that took place on the slopes of Mount Rainier , Washington might shed some light on it . On a weekend a christian dentist named James Reddick took his children to the mountain to hike . Suddenly , a storm hit , battering them with hurricane - force winds . A blinding "whiteout " made it impossible for them to move ahead . Reddick laboriously dug an oblong trench in the snow with an aluminium mess kit , then he tucked his children in their sleeping bags away from the entrance .He covered the entrance with a tarp, but it kept blowing away , exposing the children to the storm . Reddick figured out he had to lie across the trench to keep the tarp from blowing away . 2 days later the searchers found a backpack protruding from deep snow . Inside , they found the children all well but the father had died by using his own back as the outer wall. A GOOD SHEPHERD GIVES HIS LIFE FOR HIS SHEEP!