The Lord Is My Shepherd
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing..." Psalm 23:1
Time after time, the Lord speaks to me in observing sheep (and their shepherds). Some "reflective" thoughts as I look at this:
A "good" shepherd cares for his sheep much greater than a hireling does.
He marks his sheep (ear tags or colored paint on their backsides).
He feeds and waters them well.
He stays with them in the storm.
I've seen shepherds gently carrying injured sheep.
I've seen other shepherds rest on their staffs, keeping watch while their sheep feed in an abundantly green and still meadow.
Each Spring, our family still enjoys seeing all the new little lambs that frolic around. We look with anticipation for them as we see the flocks in fields when we drive about.
Romanian skies are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. God speaks loudly as I drive and watch sunrises, sunsets, streaks of clouds and light. Yesterday He gave blue skies and white puffy clouds, as a family member was laid to rest.
Thank You God for bringing me to this place, this beautiful Romania, and speaking through my very surroundings. Help me to remember to enter into your rest and allow you to bring me into it.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
by Coleen Jejeran, CCEA Missionary to Romania