8.20.2013

He restores us.


The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul ...

What a beautiful passage of Scripture.
What a wonderful promise.

Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong.
There are no trials to bear.
Life is smooth and unruffled.
We are safe, secure and loved.

And yet, there is a cry from deep within that begs for peace ... quiet ... stillness ... and rest.

And in that moment, the Lord hears.

He is the One who says, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11

He makes us lie down in green pastures because He knows we need rest.
He leads us to sit beside quiet waters because there we will find refreshment.

Both places are quiet and still ... the perfect places to hear His still, small voice ... the voice that bids us, "Come ... and I will give you what you need.  Just as you are.  Come."

He calls us.
He listens.
He understands.
He intercedes.
He shows compassion.
He gives grace.
He forgives.
He fills us up with Himself and sets us on our feet once again.

Because He loves us.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul ...

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