Yesterday’s sermon is still speaking to me. A portion of the sermon was on Psalm 23. It starts “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Pastor Marcia said, “Why does he have to make us? We should be running to the pasture. That’s where all the good stuff is.” Then she said, “Maybe we don’t see it until we give up want. Maybe there’s something to the order in which it is written.”
First we must believe the Lord is our shepherd. What do sheep do? They follow their shepherd. Then we shall not want. Possibly the hardest thing to do during the holiday season. When we give up our wants then we can “lie down in green pastures.” I wondered, ‘Why are we lying down?’ I always thought it was because we were resting, but God revealed to me it’s because lying down is the most vulnerable position and it’s a change of perspective. When we give up our wants we are vulnerable before God. Also, a space feels and looks totally different when you are lying down. Suddenly you aren’t looking at the walls, but the ceiling; you are looking up to your Shepherd. If you don’t see what’s ahead you can’t question it. God wants us to submit to his plan, and to make ourselves vulnerable before him instead worrying about what’s ahead; keep looking up…to Him. We can submit to God’s divine plan for our lives and put our focus back on our Creator who knows exactly what’s best for us.