I wake up, moving a little slower than usual. I pour cold cream in warm coffee and lower myself into couch. It’s raining out. I’m dreading my list of chores; my back aches and I didn’t sleep well. I reach for my phone, scrolling through emails, text messages, images of couples from Valentine’s Day yesterday on Instagram.
I field a few work emails. One requesting urgent prayer for the repercussions of a long draught in East Africa, leaving a children’s home temporarily without water. I open up my prayer list to add it to the top and my eyes move down the list. A wonderful man riddled with cancer. Millions of people across the world seeking refugee. Someone who unexpectedly lost their job. A woman facing her third miscarriage.
I set my phone aside and open the leather cover on my Bible. My fingers find the bookmark and I open to the Psalms. My tired eyes scan the first words of today’s reading:
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” 23:1-4
We have all that we need? What about those without water? Those fleeing their homes in fear for their lives globally? With failing health or with grief weighing them down with boulder-like strength?
I want to tie this post up in a bow. But the truth is, this is the journey we are all on with God. There’s not immunity from sorrow, trouble or dark, winding valleys. But there is a Great Shepherd, quenching our thirst, feeding our hunger, guiding our paths and calming our fears. He parts seas. He walks on water. He brings in the clouds, he clears them away. He is sovereign over water. Over weather. Over war. Over marriage. Over birth. Over death.
Is your heart heavy today? Bury it deep inside these promises:
The Lord is our shepherd, we have what we need: Him. His presence in our lives meets all our needs. It conquers every fear, it heals every broken heart and it hears every prayer.