47 Things on Thursdays: I Want a New Kitchen sink

When is the last time you exclaimed, “I don’t need anything!”  If you are like me….I cannot remember the last time, if I ever, said that.  In fact, I want a new kitchen sink!  For a family of ten my sink is old and inadequate. 001

He makes, He leads, He restores and He guides and that is just the beginning of the claims.  Psalm 23 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+23&version=NIV) is probably the most popular of verses read at funerals.  Perhaps it is the “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps. 23:4) line that causes this to be read at dooms day door-side.  Yet I want to tell you that this Psalm is so much more.  The Lord as the Shepherd points us to, draws us to a full living relationship with Him.

Vibrantly colored hills splashed with emerald green grasses, spotted with fluffy white lambs innocently and peacefully enjoying the feast easily fill my mind when I think of God as the Shepherd in Psalm 23.  Ahhhh…the Calgon, take me away commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvE65VOcAL0) and cliche flit before my eyes…..STOP!  This is such the short sighted view of God as the Shepherd!

Making, leading, restoring, guiding is an every day, all day event – not a wished for escape.  God as my Shepherd meets my needs in everyday life.

“I shall not be in want” (Ps 23:1b) means that I will lack nothing.  I will want for nothing. I may still desire a new kitchen sink, but my soul….the innermost part of my person will want for nothing.  I am deep down satisfied when my God is my Shepherd.

During chemotherapy, I wanted.  I desired.  Healing was my everyday prayer.  Yet, as I lay in pain I had want for nothing in my soul because I had all I needed.  Jesus, the Shepherd, was with me making, leading, restoring, and guiding.

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Think lambs again.  The shepherd is in the luscious green pasture with the lambs and makes them lie down. Contentedly they lie – snoozing in the warmth of the sunlight.  You can see their eyelids are heavy. They are at peace.  At the right time, as he sees their need, the shepherd leads the lambs to quiet waters in the shady glen. They lap up the nourishment and are refreshed.  The gentle streaming of the water lulls them into a calm disposition.  The lambs are restored and refreshed.  Revived, the lambs begin to play and jostle each other in jest.  In due time, the shepherd guides his flock to a new pasture in safety.  The lambs are secure and they are able to grow and mature in this pattern of living.

Today he does the same for me and He can do the same for you. Forgive me for sounding trite: God is our Shepherd and we are the lambs.  He offers us protection in our green pasture – where we live.  At the right time, in our need, He provides for us.  In His mercy and compassion we are restored and refreshed through relationship with Him and with those that He places in our lives.  Jesus the Shepherd guides us with intimacy, knowing us and our specific needs, He brings us to the new pasture where we will grow and mature.  We have rest and refreshment, nourishment and direction.  This is an every day, all day Psalm.  It shouldn’t be set aside for valley-times only and funeral offerings.

I challenge you my friend to be the lamb and let God be your Shepherd.  He will always be with you in your day-to-day places.  He will fill you until your “cup overflows” (Ps. 23:5b) as he provides more than we can imagine.  Once we taste of these green pastures we will desire more.  More of the Lord’s Shepherding.  I am content as a lamb being shepherded by my God and I enjoy the full living relationship I have with Jesus.  You can too.  If you are hungry – come to the pasture!

But.  And.  I still want a new kitchen sink!

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SEE YOU NEXT THURSDAY!

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