There is something I miss more than I thought I would.
When we moved here, we knew life would be very different than in the States, but there are some aspects of life in the States that we just didn't realize are a large part of our culture and habits until we didn't have access to those things.
(I know. Silly to miss that, eh?)
As a mom, no matter what country I live in at the time, I am busy. In the States when I was busy on the go running errands, it was nice to drive up to a fast food window and order something. I really liked the pharmacy drive-thru window. When you have a sick kid with you it sure is handy not to have to get out of the car. But here? The closest I have to a drive-thru window is my fruit lady's little roadside shop. I can pull over to the side of the road and call out, "Can you grab me a dozen bananas?" She is kind enough to save me from having to get out of the car or off the scooter, and she delivers the bananas three whole steps across the sidewalk. I love my fruit lady drive-thru "window."
Psalm 23:2 "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters."
The fact is, we can't always lie down in green pastures. There are times when we need to stop everything and rest, but the majority of the time we must be busy about the Father's business. How can we find rest and peace when we are always on the go? We have dishes to wash, mouths to feed, floors to sweep, shopping, and teaching Sunday school. It's not like there is a drive-thru window where we can pull up and order rest and peace to go. Or is there?
Actually, there is! That's what this verse is talking about. Sometimes we lie down and find rest and peace. Other times we are on the go, and we can still find rest and peace. The key is following where He leads. He takes us beside the still, quiet, peaceful waters. There is rest and peace when we follow His lead. Our problem is that we get ahead of Him, or we veer off on a path He isn't leading us down. When we stay right there with Him, letting Him lead, we can rest peacefully knowing that no matter what the terrain looks like around us, those still waters are right there. He will take care of us.
Do you feel like the waters are raging around you? Instead of still waters do you hear the gushing of whitewater rapids? Do you have the busy, on-the-go life and you struggle to find the still waters as you go? Check to see how closely you are following the Shepherd's lead. It may be that you are trying to lead. It may be that you have veered down the wrong path. It may also be that you have forgotten to roll down your window and order a Rest Combo Meal, Biggy Sized with a side order of Peace from the Still Waters drive-thru window. It's there for the asking if you are following His lead and trusting Him.
He leadeth me beside the still waters... are we following?