Wednesday, June 17, 2015

He Refreshes My Soul

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
He leads me beside still waters,
    He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for His name’s sake.
Psalm 23:1-4 NIV

I was blessed to see this stained glass picture every week of my childhood. As I played the piano and sang at our little Methodist church, this window solidified the truth that my Savior loved me tenderly.When I was little, I never doubted I was His little lamb.

As I've gotten older and life has gotten more challenging, I sometimes forget I am His little lamb.

Parenting - especially parenting a child with special needs is 24/7 tiring. I find it a "glorious burden".

"Glorious" because of experiencing God's grace is enough in any brokenness. Burdensome because I don't know what my child's future looks like - especially without me. The burden sometimes outweighs His glory.

I need to remember - He is the Shepherd of my soul and where He leads me I should follow. And when I'm too tired to follow, He'll pick me up and carry me close to His heart.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides still waters. He refreshes my soul.

Where can I find green pastures in this chaotic, kaleidoscope life?

Where do I find these Still Waters and Refreshment for my weariness?

The Shepherd is the One I must follow. 

Green pastures and still waters are all around me.
I turn from the cacophony of life. 
I take the sacred path to His presence.
I open my eyes to His glory.
I stretch out my arms to receive His mercies.
I breathe in His love and care.
I shut out every voice but His voice of encouragement and truth.
I soak myself in His promises.
I surround myself with His praises and melodies.
I rest. 
I feast at the banquet He sets before me.
My cup overflows with His blessings.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me throughout my pilgrimage on this earth.

He is our rest. 

Sweet Shepherd of our souls,
Lead us to your presence so that we may rest and be refreshed. Make us lie down from our busyness and renew our souls. We are your lambs. Carry us when we can go no further. Help us find our rest in You. 
In Jesus Name- Amen

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