1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
This mornings reading was in Psalm 23. We have heard this one since childhood I’m sure. I love the image of God leading and guiding me through the good and bad times in life.I must admit I am like a lost sheep most days. Just going through the motions, waiting for the next command from God. Life is so much easier when we let our Shepherd lead us, we are happier, we are content, our needs are met and we have joy and peace. For me the struggle comes when I stray from His side and try to do things my way. The path becomes rough, I’m clouded by guilt and stress. I struggle through each day when I’m not walking by His side. Knowing that life is so much easier when I follow the Shepherd, we still make the active choice at times to try to do it on our own…why? We think our plans may work better or faster. We get tired of waiting or submitting to His will. I’ve been there many times; wanting to make things happen for myself only to end up lost, frustrated and spiritually empty. Today I just want to encourage anyone who has left our Shepherds side to come back home. He is there with His arms out stretched ready to take care of you. Ready to comfort you and provide everything you need. I need this reminder everyday because i’m a stubborn sheep. He truly knows whats best for us…just let Him lead.