This past week, I have found myself drawn into the 23rd Psalm. This Psalm gives comfort to the hurting, strength to the weary, hope to the dying, and grace to the sinner.
I have this favorite chair in my home. It's a rocking chair. I love rocking chairs. This one is a family heirloom passed down from my grandparents to my parents and hopefully to me one day. It has the olive green fabric and dark wood. When you sit in it, it is comfortable. You gently begin rocking back and forth. After awhile, you just find relaxation.
As I have studied in this passage, the Lord has revealed a few things to me. He is prodding me to go to the green pastures. It says,
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures” — Ps. 23:2
He makes me. Why does He have to make me? Well, let's see… I am too busy to stop for anything. I think that if I go and go and go that somehow God will catch up to me. In reality, He's ahead of me. I guess it would be more like He is beckoning me to lie down in green pastures.
He is calling us to stop for awhile. We don't need to always be on the go (contrary to what society tells us). Green pastures were a safe haven for shepherds and flocks in biblical times. They represented rest. They represented another place to chow down on some food.
Today, what does our green pasture look like. Maybe its a rocking chair. Maybe its a picnic bench. Maybe its the beach. Maybe its your deck. Maybe its wherever you stop long enough to hear His voice beckoning (prodding) you to rest.
Where is your green pasture? Are you heeding the shepherd's call?
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