Quiet Waters

Sophie Allen

The beautiful thing about hiding God’s word in your heart and mind is that it seeps into the little mundane moments of a day and transforms it. Here’s a scripture you probably already know:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.  Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23, a Psalm of David.

I’ve been praying this psalm, whispering it actually, all week as I prayed for people trapped in the conflict in Afghanistan. I’ve prayed it for the families of the 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul attack—25, 23, 22’s, and five twenty-year old killed evacuating civilians because our government left all our military gear and withdrew troops before civilians. God help them, guide them, comfort them as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death. It is such a tender psalm, especially knowing that David, the author, had seen so much trouble and heartache in his life.

I was hiking this week with my dog, Sophie. We went up to Pioneer Cabin outside of Ketchum, Idaho. What a beautiful climb through the trees and wildflowers, up 3000 ft vertical over a seven-mile hike.  Several times we crossed over or next to streams and each time I stopped so Sophie could drink. But it’s funny with a little dog, you have to choose a bend in the stream where the water is not rushing rapidly. If the water is too fast, she’s afraid and won’t drink, even though she is thirsty. While I was carefully bringing her to the right sections of water, God’s word came bubbling up in my mind: He leads me beside quiet waters.  Turns out that sheep are similar with little dogs in that they need still water to drink. And maybe people need a safe and quiet place to be refreshed as well. That’s why the Lord is our shepherd. He carefully and tenderly leads us to rest and replenishment. When we are exhausted by a wicked and unjust world, God thoughtfully leads us into a place of peace. When life is wearing us down we can remember that He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies.

How has God brought you to quiet waters recently? Starting the day praying Psalm 23 out loud can be our choice to center our lives peacefully in His word. Blessings to you this week my friends. Be sure to sign up for my blog to hit your email rather than social media

4 thoughts on “Quiet Waters”

  1. Debora says:

    This is so good! For me the rushing waters equals scrolling social media and news. Unplugging from that and sitting with my Bible and His voice directing and leading me through His word is the quiet waters for me, as well as spending quality time with family and people I love.

    1. What a great connection Debora! I’m so glad you know how to hear what God is saying–I love how you bring that to your family and friends as well.

  2. kareneberry says:

    This beautiful message couldn’t be more timely. A lifetime of our own doing, doing, doing can never surpass the power of time spent just being still in His presence. (Ask me how I know that haha…..) It’s significant that he sets a table “in the presence of our enemies.”. We don’t need to wait for the turmoil to be over before we sit and be still (as I have often foolishly tried to do). We can (and should) just be still with Him in the midst of it…. And what an important connection to pray for Afghanistan and for our military …. Thank you for letting the Lord use you! Your words each week are always so timely.

    1. Karen, what great words! When you said significant, it struck me that He sets a table in the presence of our enemies because we are significant to Him! Ahh…to walk in that light changes things. Blessings to you friend!

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