Weariness and discouragement crashes into us, sweeps us under with its overwhelming, damaging waves.
Difficult people and circumstances can wrap themselves around so tight, a noose choking out the last of our breath.
We feel parched, dry, so very drained.
We have a good shepherd, He sees.
He knows when His weary servants are looking for water.
We are thirsting, and He leads the way.
To my word dear ones.
He reminds us that He doesn't do things like we do. He doesn't wrap things up in a nice neat bow and give us the package without a struggle. Expectation of greatness, of hope rises out of futility.
That which seems despairing and pointless is never as it seems.
Our Shepherd is at work. He is at work in our hearts, chipping away at that which He cannot use. Our pride, our conditional love, our anger.
And we can rest in the knowledge that He is at work around us. He calls us to "Believe in Him" (John14:1) Questioning what He's doing or how He is doing it defeats the purpose of the Shepherd. Our Lord leads the way, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable.
The pointless is the pointed. Even the evil, sinful agenda of others God reigns over.
We are subjected to futility not willingly but because of Him who subjected us in hope. (Rom8:20)
Hope for what?
"The Lord is my Shepherd and I want for nothing..."
Can we find our satisfaction in Him alone?
When others seem bent on picking on us, when life's circumstances tap out the last of our strength.
Will our soul cry out in the wilderness....
"I am only satisfied by you..."
Our God is water for our soul! It fills us to overflowing! Courage, faith, new resolve to keep following...no longer with despair, but with joy, springs forth.
What a good Shepherd we follow. He leads us to still waters.
And we drink.