Reading: Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV
A few years ago, I served at a children’s home in a remote village in the northwestern part of Bolivia.
One day, I was invited to visit a family who lived on a farm in the middle of the rain forest. I volunteered to help the family harvest their crop of corn. Four small boys also came to help. After harvesting the corn on a hot noonday, I saw the boys run to the woods. I tried to follow them, but they outran me, and I lost them. Then, after a brief search, I found them next to a nearby stream, drinking from the still water. I sat down and joined them, and we all drank from the quiet stream. Oh, it was so good drinking from the cool stream in the middle of that long, hot day! It was so refreshing, so soothing. I soon forgot my weariness and was ready to walk another two miles through the woods, following one of the boys who knew the trail well.
Just like the little boy who showed me the refreshing stream and then led me out of the woods, my Shepherd is an even better guide than my little friend. He knows where to take me and where to lead me. As my Good Shepherd and Lord, He leads me to the still waters. In my quiet times of prayer and study of His Word, my Good Shepherd quenches my spiritual thirst, my soul is refreshed, and my strength is renewed.
Thank you Lord that you continue to lead us to the still waters when we get tired and weary from trials and worries in life. Help us to have inner peace when troubles come our way.