In the midst of burnout, trials, disappointments, hurts…it can be difficult to receive God’s word. It’s in these spaces where we need to hear it, but can’t force ourselves to even open our Bibles. But today, I pressed myself to at least skim just a few words—force myself to take just one bite of the Bread of life.
I flipped through the pages of my Bible, stopping at Psalm 23. Faded notes filled the page from years ago. The words and teachings of the speaker at a women’s retreat once again infused hope. As I reread and rewrote her words in this space (in parenthesis below) I’m hoping they bring restoration to your heart too.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
(In the beginning God… In the book of Genesis God provided for Adam and Eve and they needed only Him. Nothing was put before Him.)
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
(He makes me…God gives us forced rests/breaks.)
he restores my soul.
(You have to stop and be still to be restored.)
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
(He is with you. Even when He feels distant. Even when He is silent.)
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
(The dark valleys are trials. And it may feel like death as you go through this. But His word clearly states that it’s the valley OF the shadow of death. It’s not death, even though it may feel like it. Don’t get stuck in the valley. But while there, know that there are blessings in the valley. Don’t miss them.)
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
(Let God comfort you. Don’t allow fear or wild thoughts consume your mind.)
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
(Keep walking. Get to the table of blessing.)
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
(God pursues us.)
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord