After our walk on the beach, there’s a charming sidewalk café beside a large pool that’s fed by a soothing waterfall where we share a snack. There’s also a cascading fountain in the center veranda where we enjoy our sandwich and coffee.
One day while I was thinking about our place, it struck me that water is the common denominator in all we love there. It calms us, inspires us, and moves us to focus on God’s larger plans for us.
As we look at God’s Word and His many provisions for us as His dear sheep, we discover an image of water in Psalm 23:2, “He leads [us] beside the still waters.”
He—the Shepherd—knows all about our need for peace and provides it. He made us, He planned our path, He knows our every challenge, and He provides the peace we need for fulfilling His will for our lives.
Leads—Our Shepherd leads us to the places where peace is plentiful, and He makes sure we attain it.
Still waters—He leads us beside still, restful waters of comfort.
We know that we become dry on a steady diet of stress. We quickly become depleted and weary. We stagger, we stumble, we crumble … all because we need time beside still waters. Today, let’s follow God’s lead there. Find a quiet spot, alone, for 5-10 minutes and pray to God, asking Him for His peace. As you move your focus off of the hectic busyness and demands of life, and onto our Good Shepherd, you’ll find you are resting in His presence and peace.
Dear Lord, You offer me Your peace. My job is to receive. Thank You. Amen.
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“He leads me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2)
What is the first thing I turn to when I’m stressed and need calm and peace?
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." (Isa. 26:3)