Living the 23rd.

When I was little, I remember one of the big milestones of preschool was to memorize the 23rd Psalm. I clearly remember how stinking long it seemed and thinking there was no way my little mind could absorb all those words! In my mind of a child, remember I was FOUR, all these words seemed so silly... wondering how a rod and staff would bring comfort, or why I would want oil on my head... or even better yet, why I would want a cup to over flow.  I also clearly remember thinking "surely goodness and mercy ..." Meant that not only was Goodness and Mercy going to follow me... but also my Mom's best friend Shirley would also be near by. HA... the mind of a child. 

At four years old, I obviously, couldn't wrap my brain around the vastness of these verses.  Quite frankly I don't think my teen brain or even early 20's brain even understood the magnitude of these words.  And I'm sure they will hold different meanings for me throughout my adulthood.

"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.  Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.  You honor me by anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with blessings.  Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the lord forever."

Now, as an adult, it amazes me the depth of truth and applicability there is in these verses! He always gives me all that I need.  He leads me through amazing times and through hard times... walking with me, there cheering me on, preparing feasts for me and overflowing my cup with blessings.  It never ceases to amaze me that God is so real in the dark as well as the light.  He remains the same... He never changes.  He's always the God I can depend on to walk with me in the valleys as well as beside still waters, giving me rest and restoring me daily. 

It is so neat to see God bring me full circle from that little 4 year old girl who had all these big words memorized by heart to an adult who is living this out... or should I say, God is living these words out in me.  It's very humbling.

Be restored.

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