“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1–3
It is not an easy thing to do….. taking the time in our busy schedules to lie down in green pastures of peace. We need to learn to unwind whenever possible, resting in the Presence of the Shepherd. This electronic age keeps His children “wired” much of the time, too tense to find Him in the midst of their moments.
He built into our very being the need for rest. How twisted the world has become when people feel guilty about meeting this basic need! How much time and energy they waste by being always on the go, rather than taking time to seek God’s direction for their lives.
I once heard a riddle about two men splitting logs. Each worked for the same total time, but one never stopped and the other stopped for ten minutes each hour. Which one split the most logs? It was the one who periodically stopped, because whenever he stopped, he sharpened his axe.
God calls on us rest our body, mind and spirit. Then, refreshed we can proceed down the paths of life with renewed strength.
He calls us to walk with Him down paths of peace. He wants us to blaze a trail for others who desire to live in His peaceful presence. He has chosen us less for our strengths than for your weaknesses, which amplify our need for Him. When we depend on Him more and more, He will shower peace on all our paths.
Try to work some green pasture time into your schedule each day. Pull apart from the hurry and scurry of the world and spend time with God. Listen to His voice. Hear His Spirit and remember that when we lie down, we look up and when we look up, we see the face of God.
By John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
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