Psalm 23 was one of those bible verses everyone memorized at Vacation Bible School. I can hear it, as if it was yesterday. 100 kids, all wearing some bright colored t-shirt, standing and reciting, the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want...
I am forever grateful for that basis of Biblical knowledge.
But over time, the foundation gets jaded. Know what I mean?
Over time, I have forgotten the preciousness of those words. The Lord God Almighty, He is my Shepherd. Everything He does, as a Shepherd, is thoughtful, purposeful, intentional and beneficial to my well-being.
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul." (Psalm 23:1-3a)
As a newly wed, I remember being so relieved that sometimes, God, as a good shepherd, makes us lie down in green pastures. Sometimes, when I'm running around like a crazy person, He takes that rod, swats my booty and firmly causes me to stop.
You need rest, He says. There is a longer journey ahead. Drink, be refreshed and sleep.
It's happened so often in my adult life, that I am learning to recognize the signals.
I know that when my physical body is weak, for no obvious sickness or reason, it's swat and lay #1.
I know that when my mind starts running like a rat race, completely out of control, that's swat and lay #2.
And I know when I am burnt out, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, to the point where talking to anyone is too much effort, I've missed or ignored the first 2 swats and this one is a little firmer. Swat and lay #3.
I lack nothing with my God, because it is He that refreshes my soul by His firm and gentle shepherding.
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