Once again, we are gifted with beautiful imagery. “He leads me beside quiet waters.” A good shepherd leads. He doesn’t push, pull, plead or prod. He has built up so much trust that His sheep will undoubtedly follow Him. And, because He loves them, He leads His flock beside quiet waters.
In our current reality of the Coronovirus crisis, life feels far from “quiet”. It feels turbulent, unpredictable, and chaotic. The world is changing at such a rapid pace that it’s hard to keep up. Restrictions are declared, curfews are threatened, and tensions run high. In some ways it feels as if our world has come to a screeching halt, while in other ways it’s as if the pace has been magnified tenfold.
In the midst of the turmoil, peace seems elusive. And, yet, that is exactly what our Good Shepherd offers.
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28).
What a gentle and beautiful invitation! His tone is not forceful or demanding. He is empathetic and compassionate. He sees you. He knows your fears, anxieties, and stress. He is your Good Shepherd and longs to connect with you in the midst of trouble.
Follow me here…David describes the waters as quiet (or “still” as used in other versions). That means that nothing is disturbing the water, which then also implies that the sheep is not drinking from the water. Similar to the “full sheep” we encountered yesterday, the sheep is not drinking because it is not thirsty.
It is satisfied.
It lacks nothing.
It may be a while before I can put my toes in the sand again. But even in the mess of this life, Jesus still leads me to peace. So, what are my current “quiet waters”, in the midst of the turmoil?
a zoom gathering with faces I miss
laughter with my sons
a jigsaw puzzle with my husband
a walk in the sunshine
coffee and a favorite devotional on the back deck
An exhale, even if just for a moment, sitting in the assurance that I lack nothing.
How about you? What “quiet waters” is Jesus leading you beside? Where are you finding moments of calm?