Yesterday, as I drove towards the city center, I saw three sheep crossing the road all by themselves. They were headed towards the mall, not quite the place that I would have picked for them to go but …. maybe they just wanted to catch a movie or have some Italian ice cream at Robertos :). They didn’t stop for cars, or cross at the zebra crossing for the matter….they just stuck together and crossed the road diagonally, talk about using the longest route possible…but they are sheep,.. what was I expecting.
It got me thinking about how lost we look and feel when we are not being led by the shepherd. God doesn’t refer to us as sheep by mistake or as an insult. After watching man, He concluded that they are indeed like sheep desperately in need of a shepherd. When we walk without the shepherd we look like lost sheep in the big city. Always running from one thing to another and crossing roads in a haphazard manner.
It is easy to be a happy sheep when the shepherd is leading you to nice green pastures and there is increase all around you. However, when he leads you to a quiet season especially when you feel as though you should be elsewhere, it is easy to get disgruntled. Quiet seasons lack visible activity…they are just silent.
Psalm 23: 2b – 3a(NIV)
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
What I have learned is that in those quiet seasons, He is stilling me and refreshing me. Though I may not see it, He is working behind the scenes.
I love the Amplified version of the verses above:
He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
He refreshes and restores my life (my self);
Refreshment is not something you can see easily but after a while you begin to feel it. Those quiet seasons are the perfect conditions for Him to work on your heart and refresh and restore you as a whole.
It is easy to get discouraged by the silence, but instead joy should be your portion. When you stop fighting being in His presence you start to enjoy being in His presence and His joy captivates and satisfies you.
you will fill me with joy in your presence,