“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.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Through each season of my life, it seems as though I learn or come to appreciate more the character of God. When I first began to take my relationship with God more seriously, I came to understand that He is my redeemer. After points of rejection and loss and hurt in my high school years, I came to understand that He is my comforter. It seems as though He is continually revealing more and more to me concerning His character as I continue to seek Him and read His Word. I think that in this current season of my life, God is really stressing the truth that He is my shepherd, which is kind of interesting because I think learning Psalm 23 is one of the first memories I have of memorizing scripture. It is one of those things that most believers learn early on and it is one of the most popular portions of Scripture to be written on bookmarks or cross-stitched onto fabric.
Seeing God as my shepherd is all at once easy and a struggle for me. It’s easy in that there are just so many sheep examples in the Bible that it’s sort of an obvious thing for most believers to know that the Lord is a good shepherd. However, it’s a struggle for me when it comes to taking that knowledge of whom God is and actually applying that in my day-to-day life. Now what does that mean? Well, why are we called sheep? We are called sheep because sheep don’t know how to take care of themselves. They are, in all honesty, not the smartest of animals. There’s a reason we weren’t referred to as elephants or dolphins in the Bible. We need help. We need guidance. We get lost and need saving.
In this season of uncertainty and big decisions and change, I cannot do anything but to turn to my Good Shepherd. I need guidance; I don’t know where to go or what comes next. It is in these times where worry and doubt and franticness can so easily seep in and try to take our trusting eyes off of the Shepherd and lead us down a path of fear. But in Romans 8:15, it says this:
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out.”
Fear is obviously not from Him. Our God, our Abba Father, our Good Shepherd tells us to cry out to him, to abide in Him, and to fix our eyes on the One who gives perfect peace to those who trust in Him. To admit that we are sheep and that we need guidance. So, I am embracing God and who He is and trusting that He is able to lead me into the plans He has for me.