…God leads me beside still waters;
God restores my soul. Psalm 23:2-3
The other day, I ran from the moment I woke that morning. Before finishing preparations for a meeting I’d lead that evening, I forced myself to complete my morning exercises. Afterward, I finished a bit of housecleaning and three loads of laundry. Having the “home front” in order eased me into a productive and positive frame of mind for the evening’s meeting.
As it happened, I was prepared with hours to spare. It the midst of my revelry, I noted that sunshine was pouring through my window. Though the needle on my thermometer hadn’t edged beyond the forties that day, I couldn’t resist the sun’s warmth. The rays that seemed to reach from heaven enhanced the beautiful fall colors that adorned my neighborhood. As I gazed out the window at that amazing show, another passage from Psalm 23 came to mind…
So it was that I headed out the door to walk beyond the trees on my block to the still waters of a nearby pond. I admit that I enjoyed every step in the chilling wind as God restored my soul.
Loving God, I remember thank you for drawing my attention with that wonderful sunshine so you could refresh my soul once again.
He makes me lie down in green pastures… Psalm 23:2
Long ago, I dubbed my husband the “travel aficionado” of our family. He takes great pleasure in exploring new places and getting to know the people who inhabit them. These adventures leave him refreshed and ready to tackle our daily routine once we return home. In the past, as Mike planned these wonderful excursions, I wasted away the days of anticipation with my worry about small spaces in airplanes and anything and everything which “might” go wrong. The good news in all of this is that I’ve come to share in my husband’s enthusiasm. These days, I look forward to get-aways near and far as much as Mike does and this is a very good thing.
As I reflect further on Psalm 23, I see that my persistent God is behind my husband’s travel efforts 100%. This very God knows everything and certainly understood my reluctance better than I did. Fortunately for me, I finally attended to God’s desire to make me lie down in green pastures as willingly as Mike has. I finally allowed God to see to it that I get the rest and enjoyment I need by inspiring my husband to plan on. God is attending just as carefully to providing moments of rest for you. I encourage you to embrace these opportunities every time!
Loving God, thank you for caring for us even when we’re reluctant to care for ourselves.
…he leads me beside still waters
and restores my soul. Psalm 23:2-3
I ran from the moment I woke that morning. Before thinking about a little volunteer pitch which I’d deliver at Mass that evening, I forced myself to complete my morning exercises. Afterward, I did two loads of laundry while working on a few more of these daily reflections. Completing this little to-do list put me in the perfect frame of mind to ask others who are able to step up and occasionally help out with some fairly easy tasks at church.
After practicing my one-minute and fifteen-second speech, I noticed that the November rain had let up. Though the red line on my thermometer had not edged beyond forty-five that day, I couldn’t resist the oddly peaceful setting which lay beneath the cloudy sky. Though the beautiful fall colors which adorned my neighborhood were muted on that seemingly dismal day, the scene before me nudged me back to Psalm 23.
Though I had a bit more to do inside, I headed outdoors to walk. Every step of the way, God restored my soul. Even on that gray-hued day, God refreshed me.
Loving God, thank you for the many gifts with which you refresh us.
…he leads me beside still waters,
he restores my soul. Psalm 23:2-3
Today, I ran from the moment I woke this morning. Before finishing preparations for a class which my husband and I will teach tonight, I forced myself to complete my morning exercises. Afterward, I finished a bit of housecleaning and a load of laundry. Having the “home front” in order provided the perfect environment for me to attend to tonight’s class.
I am happy to report that I am ready to teach with hours to spare. It is in the midst of this revelry that the sunshine pouring through my window beckons me. Though the needle on my thermometer has not edged beyond the fifties today, I cannot resist the sun’s warmth. The rays that seem to reach from heaven enhance the beautiful fall colors that adorn my neighborhood. As I gaze out the window at this amazing show, another passage from Psalm 23 comes to mind…
So it is that I head out the door to walk beyond the trees on my block to the still waters of a nearby pond. I will enjoy every step of the way as God restores my soul.
Loving God, I remember thanking you for a good night’s sleep this morning, but I have not said a word to you since. Thank you for drawing my attention back to you so you can refresh my soul once again.