Friday, June 20, 2008

The Lord is My Shepherd

The other day, a friend called and urged me to go to a particular prayer meeting at a friend's house. Normally, I'm up for prayer of any kind. Yet, my time is so limited that I've become very dependent upon the Lord in every decision I make - even hopping over to a prayer meeting. I wanted to go, but as I prayed I felt I should stay home and spend time with the family. I felt a twinge of "spiritual guilt" (you know, that kind of illegitimate guilt that says you "should" do this and you're not really walking the walk, meeting expectations or living up to the standard, if you don't). Yet, because I did not feel a sense of peace and eagerness about going, I felt I was to stay home.

I found out later that some really negative things happened at the meeting. It was basically a disaster and not of the Lord. Fleshly motives (or worse) seemed to take over the meeting. I'm so glad I was not there.

I've learned to trust the Lord's guidance in my life. I've learned to wait upon Him before I launch into some thing big or small. I'm certainly not perfect at it and I do make mistakes now and again. Yet, praying before I make any commitment is vital to a healthy life. Otherwise we find ourselves in relationships, commitments and obligations and situations that are not God's perfect plan or path for us.

The Lord is our shepherd. That's not just a cliche. He truly wants to lead us. He truly wants to be our guide, to protect us and keep us on the safe and secure path. He is a good shepherd of His sheep and we can trust Him.

Isaiah 30:21 tells us, "Your ears will hear a word behind you, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right or to the left." We need to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit in every decision we make:

  • What curriculum to use
  • What method of homeschooling to employ
  • What classes or activities we should do
  • Commitments with church or our homeschool group
  • Bible studies and prayer groups
  • Which friends we should spend time with (both us and our children)

Every decision should be taken to prayer in a quiet moment, when our soul is still and free from anxiety and worry. Then, we can hear from God and trust that He is leading us. He leads us with a peaceful confidence that strengthens our spirit - making us sure of our decision.

If we follow God's leading and trust His guidance in our lives, even when things are difficult and the way is rough, we remain certain that we are in the center of His will and we can persevere through the rapids - knowing still waters are ahead.

The Lord is your Shepherd. I'm so grateful I have a Shepherd over my life. It makes me feel safe. How about you?