God Carries All

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 the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Psalm 23: 1-3 (NRSV)

Belle Todd lives in Texas. One night she woke up around midnight feeling anxious, and everything just snowballed from there. She was worrying about areas where she felt like a failure. Her long list of responsibilities loomed over her, and she could not find peace. Finally, she prayed for God's help, and Psalm 23 came to mind. This psalm had always been a soothing balm for Belle as she visualizes God's green pastures and still waters. But this time God showed her something different.

Verses two and three do not begin with the pronoun I but with the pronoun "he", meaning God. While Belle had been wrestling with all the things that "she" had not been doing, the psalm was showing her that God is the one who is in charge of the doing. Belle does not restore her own soul. She does not lead herself in paths of righteousness. She does not fulfill any of the promises here - not one! It is God who does the guiding, providing, restoring, and all other good things. Belle had been struggling needlessly with burdens that were not hers to carry.

The heavy weights of worry and anxiety began to be replaced by peace, and Belle was able to go back to sleep. Nothing was left for her to worry over. God had it all covered.

Just as God has it all covered for Belle so has He got it all covered for each one of us. He will lead us and guide us IF we let Him. One of the hardest things to do sometimes is to let go and let God!

Prayer: Good Shepherd, thank you for reminding us that we are not in charge. Help us to find peace in you for we ask it in your holy name, amen.

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