The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Psalm 23:1-3 NKJV
Most people are familiar in some way with this verse. Today, though, I read it in a new way.
“He leads me beside the still water.”
I wonder if David realized that often times we need to be led, guided, encouraged, and sometimes dragged to a quiet place. We seem to instinctively go towards the rush. The thrill of excitement, the need to keep busy. Taking a break can feel like we’re being lazy when there is always so much that could be getting done.
That being said, we also know the importance of taking a breather. We all need to step back, get away from the noise and the hustle, and just be for a while.
We need to recharge our batteries. We need to be restored, both physically and spiritually. Medical doctors will tell you that if you go, go, go all the time, eventually your body will wear down and break down.
Sometimes this also means forcing ourselves to be at rest in a difficult season of life. Learning to accept His will when it differs from our plans, when His timing is not the same as ours. To grow our faith to the point where we can trust Him (and not panic!) when we don’t understand His plan for our lives.
I think we all desire to have more rest and peace in our lives but that involves a change in lifestyle and a sacrifice of letting go of control. We need to slow down and let God lead us. When we do this God can restore us in ways nothing or no one else can!