The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Ps 23:1-3)
When was the last time you allowed God to lead you beside the quite still waters of rest? God’s goodness can be tasted in the stillness, in the quiet, and where He has an opportunity to restore peace in your soul. There is a place where He is inviting you to simply take a breath and soak in His love, but for many of us, the demands of living can cause us to miss the invitation from God. Sometimes there simply doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to carve out time to spend with God. We have the demands of a job, of raising a family, groceries, cleaning, sports, marriage,…..need I go on. Are you getting stressed out by those words? I sure am.
God certainly doesn’t desire that we add another task to our list each day. Stressed out and overly busy is not His desire for any of us. His simple desire is for us to come and see what He has to offer. To come to His still waters to be refreshed and restored so we can live the life He’s called us to live. But not just live this life, live it to the full. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
Sometimes I wonder if the problem with our schedules has more to do with our choice to lead instead of allowing God to lead the direction of our days. I have to laugh because when I think of this, I think of my husband and I when we dance. Only one can lead when it comes to dancing. Honestly, I am not very good at allowing my husband to lead when we dance. I have to constantly remind myself to allow him to initiate the direction and pace to which we dance and move around the dance floor. I can tell you, sometimes when I forget, it’s hilarious and convicting all at the same time. Convicting because it reminds me I cannot always be in control, it is hard to release myself into the care of another to steer me around the dance floor, even when it is my very trustworthy husband.
God, as our good Shepherd, desires to lead the way in our daily lives. He initiates the dance and simply asks that we follow. To follow and experience the fullness and satisfaction that can only be found in Him. He desires to lead us beside the still waters to be restored on a daily basis so we can follow His lead and live each day victoriously. He knows our days are filled with the living of our lives, but He also knows how much better our day can be if we come and see what He has for us when He leads the way.
What would it look like during this season of Christmas if we allowed God to lead our schedules? I imagine it would be a beautiful picture of love and peacefulness. We may need to let go of some “things” which we think are necessary, but if we come and sit beside those still waters and accept the precious gift of time together, I believe we would have more love to give this Christmas.