Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
Psalm 23: 1 - 3a
It’s funny, Philippians 4:6-7 has been my go
-to verse for so many years. I wasn’t a worrier by nature, but after having four kids, I found myself chanting this because of the anxiety they brought me. There was so much uncertainty, so much out of my control, so much worry!!! My pre-virus life was very busy, and quite frankly, instead of being in the Pilot seat, where He should be, God took the passenger seat to my life. I’d refer back to Philippians often for God’s support.
But lately, I have found myself turning also to Psalm 23. A Pastor at my former church spoke on this once, tilting it on its side from how I had previously perceived and interpreted it. So often, it’s read at funerals, or in times of great sadness or peril. He took a different slant, which struck a chord then, and REALLY strikes a chord now.
The LORD is my shepherd...
He makes me to lie down in green pastures...
He restores my soul.
When you look at these verses, it doesn’t say, “He asked me to lie down and take a rest in the grass next to some nice water” or “he suggested I take a rest in the field next to raging seas”. It says, “He MAKES me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters.” Then it’s followed with “He restores my soul”.
I can’t help but think during this time, the Lord IS my shepherd, my Pilot (so to speak), HE has MADE me be still, and has placed me next to calming elements, and He IS restoring my soul. So much of my “pre” virus life was go, go, go - worrying about work, children, activities, family, and whatever else popped up in front of me. But suddenly, He’s MADE me stop and allow space to be restored, and led me to the paths of righteousness for HIS NAME’S sake.
It’s been a time of anxiety, but as my old “go to” verse reminds me, the PEACE of God, which transcends ALL understanding, guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, and I rest in that.