Yep, you read that right. Somebody pretty important is making me lie down.

Who, you ask? My Shepherd.

My six-year-old’s kindergarten class is finishing up the school year by memorizing Psalm 23. As if I didn’t know it already, the extra repetition is driving home a few points. I have a Shepherd who knows more about life than me, the sheep. (A stubborn, stupid sheep if the truth were known in cyberland.)

Since my Shepherd knows best, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besdie quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (Ps. 23:2-3a NIV) Or, as The Message version states: “You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath.”

We’re in the home stretch before summer break begins. Three more weeks to cram in as many field trips, field days, concerts, tests, and graduation ceremonies as possible. Not that I don’t already have a calendar full of baseball games, track meets, and writer’s group meetings … or a part-time job in addition to my writing goals.

I desperately need to catch my breath. And I can’t wait until summer. The Shepherd of my soul is making me lie down. Now. And I’m obeying.

What about you? Do you need to catch your breath? Do you listen to the Shepherd or wander off?

He Makes Me Lie Down
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  • May 3, 2010 at 7:12 am

    >Oh I love the wording of this verse from the Message. That truly expresses it. I wander occasionally, but thank God, He leaves the 90 and 9 to come find me again. My prayer is that He will speak to me about what I write every day.
    Thank you for this reminder.

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