He Leads

 
TREE FLOWER.png
 

(Psalm 23 NKJ)

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

     I remember coming through what felt like a series of storms.  I believe when we get knocked down by the enemy, he moves in to kick and harass us mercilessly.  He is the proverbial bully.  I felt like I was dragging myself through the day a miserable reflection of Him.  I was fatigued, hurt, and angry. 

     It was in the morning and I caught my reflection in the mirror I was passing by in the privacy of my home.  Just as I had suspected, I looked horrible.  I kind of chuckled, and thought, "What an example of a woman of faith you are!"  

     It was kind of like the fruit tree not bearing fruit, and I felt a little bit cursed.  Then I heard the faintest reply to my ugly thoughts.  "You have two things following you today, Goodness and Mercy."  I felt loved and cared for in that moment of God's Word bubbling up speaking life to me.

     All of the sudden, I snapped out of it.  I was excited about the the day and knew what I had come through was just a temporary season.  The devil cant take us out whenever he wants.  God's people are never forsaken or forgotten, despite how you feel. 

     I knew that God's mercy and goodness had never left me, and only because of Him did I have the strength to stand and endure the test I had just come through.  I looked forward that day knowing the path ahead was waiting for me to proceed confident His supply of all that is good and merciful for the believer, will never run out.

following His Voice,

Pastor Wendy