In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Prov. 3:6
Y’all may be sensing a theme this week. Life puts us in some strange places – some are frightening, some are exciting, and often in places we never dreamed of being – certainly not praying to be delivered there. I’ve been in places that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, and I bet you can say the same. The places may differ for each of us, but the trepidation and fear is real wherever they may be.
Perhaps that why the Bible makes so many references to Shepherds and sheep. The Shepherd knows what pasture is best for his sheep, and after a few nudges and nips from barking dogs the sheep must trustingly follow him. Sometimes God sees that the best pastures for us are in the midst of earthly trials, and if you are lead there or simply find your way there, he will make sure you will become strong and grow by feeding you there. Perhaps he sees that the best waters are not “still” but raging waves of trouble and sorrow. If that is the case, still lie down beside them, and their influences will become a blessing and a comfort.