There have been times in my life when I’ve felt like I have nothing to say to God. Times when I’m so thrilled that can’t quite figure out the right words to say to express the overwhelming joy I’m feeling. Times when I feel such sadness that I can’t bear the thought of even speaking my own words. Times when I feel worried and all I can do is turn to the Psalms and pray scripture.
I’m all too often a worrier myself. My mom reminds me that when I was little I would pray that my school wouldn’t burn down overnight. I would worry that mom and dad would get in a car accident and never come home when they would go on dates. I would call a few times a night if I stayed at a friend’s house to make sure no one got sick or died. This is just way too awful and way too much for a little person to fret over!
Unfortunately, part of this has translated into adult life. The Lord continues to teach me a lot about this topic, but man…I’m a piece of work! In progress, I hope! When I was pregnant we had a teeny tiny scare because my belly was measuring small. I had to wait a loooooong grueling week to have a growth ultrasound…just to make sure Liam was okay! Hey, for a first time momma, this was scary.
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In the midst of that worry, the Lord spoke ever so clearly…. “Be still my anxious child.” He brought me to a beautiful Psalm… Psalm 23. Ever heard of it? Wow. Like, wow. God -who created the WHOLE universe, who sent His Son to die on the cross allowing us to have a relationship with Him-had David pen the words in this Psalm for us…Amazing.
While Liam was in my belly, Tyler and I read to him from our Jesus Storybook Bible, and our sweet Jesus gave me exactly what I needed in those days of uncertainty. In this Bible, Psalm 23 is called The Good Shepherd. Listen to the way they worded this beautiful Psalm in this Bible…
God is my Shepherd
And I am his little lamb.
He feeds me
He guides me
He looks after me.
I have everything I need.
Inside, my heart is very quiet.
As quiet as lying still in soft green grass
In a meadow
By a little stream.
Even when I walk through
the dark, scary, lonely places
I won’t be afraid
Because my Shepherd knows where I am.
He is here with me
He keeps me safe
He rescues me
He makes me strong
He is getting wonderful things ready for me
Especially for me
Everything I ever dreamed of!
He fills my heart so full of happiness
I can’t hold it all inside.
Wherever I go I know
God’s Never Stopping
Never Giving Up
Always and Forever
Will go, too!
I love this. Faith like that of a child… How precious would it be if we could grasp onto that? I’d love to be able to grab onto the fact that God loves me. He takes cares of me. He sees all danger coming and will protect me. We are His sheep. He is our shepherd. He has that never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever kinda love. Wouldn’t you love to just GET that? Me too, sister. Me too!
I encourage you to hide these words in your heart. Read them in your translation. Commit them to memory. The great Shepherd is calling us to follow Him. Trust in Him. Love Him. He’s got our back!