Rest

A Thrill Ride

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He leads me beside the still waters.”

Yes, He leads me to the still waters, but sometimes I think the rapids look so fun and inviting. The excitement seems enticing, and it is thrilling for sure, but like all thrill rides, the new wears off and they become ordinary. I begin to want more thrills.

When that happens I have misunderstood this verse about still waters. It is life in Him that is continually thrilling and sustaining. If I sit with Him beside the still waters, my heart’s longing to know and love Him more will be filled. I will not need to be more and more entertained. He is better than life’s thrills. He is better than any entertainers I know. He has the Words of life. Where else could we go for this Truth alone!

He asks of us today, “Will you come with Me beside the still waters? I am the Living Water, and I will give you rest.”

And there you go!

Taking Time to Rest

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures".

When writing this, I am resting in quietness in a screened-in patio in Florida. Outside is green grass and plant life of all kinds. The grass is prickly, not soft and smooth as some sodded yards in Missouri or for that matter, on the golf courses in Florida.

But I still feel like I am relaxing. Lying down in calmness with my Shepherd to guide me as I rest tranquilly. Without one care in the world.

My mind needs rest, and yet I hurry a lot. Not thinking on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report or what is of virtue or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Instead, I think on what is imperative and urgent. And God just wants me to lie down in green pastures and let Him have all my cares. Depending on Him and not worrying about what is coming next.

What a difference it would make to a lost and dying world if they just saw us resting and confidently trusting in our good Shepherd, no matter what!

Now I am not saying let’s get lazy and not work. But let’s slow down and see what God truly has for us today! We might be missing life in the green pasture if we don’t take the time to lie down, allowing the Lord provide for our every need.

And there you go!

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