He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. — Psalm 23:2–3 NKJV
One evening, I noticed a mushroom about an inch in diameter, growing in the grass near our back door. I planned to mow the next day, so I figured I’d take care of it then.
The next morning, the mushroom was three times bigger. Even my dog stopped to sniff the intruder.
Fear is like this mushroom. Nervousness balloons into anxiety then crescendos into full-fledged fear. In short order, we can work ourselves into a fear-filled frenzy.
For good reason, Scripture compares us to sheep. Not only are sheep not too sharp, they’re fearful. Sheep cannot lie down unless they feel secure, so their shepherd must make them lie down in green pastures. They’re also afraid of rushing water, so their shepherd must lead them beside still waters. They depend upon their shepherd for their tender loving care much like we must rely upon our Shepherd.
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Bring your cares, worries, and fear to the Shepherd. He is the One who will make you lie down in green pastures. He is the One who will lead you beside still waters. He is the One who will restore your soul.
Lord God, like sheep we are fearful. But thankfully, we have You, the Shepherd who makes us lie down in green pastures. The One who leads us beside still waters. The One who restores our souls.
Father, if this reader is fearful, I pray You will draw her close, wrap Your arms around her, and whisper, “Your Shepherd is here.” In Christ’s name, amen.
About Hope for the Valley
Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.