(This post was intended for going live last night. But as we all know, sometimes life happens 🙂 Thanks for extending me some grace.
There are days when all I want to do is climb back into bed and remain warm, safe & secure.
Yesterday was one of them.
After a restless few hours of sleep, I headed into work, and realized quite quickly that anything that could pop up to slow me down at work was well on its way to trying to derail my day.
I pressed through, knowing God was with me, and managed to get 90% of my tasks done before the power outage hit.
When almost all your work is done on a computer, that became an issue, especially when the generator failed to kick in.
I am grateful for God’s intervention at that moment, for He reminded me He was with me through the verse I was to ponder for the day:
Like a shepherd, He will care for His flock, gathering the lambs in His arms, hugging them as He carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture. Isaiah 40:11 MSG
Not only did He reassure me He was my shepherd, this verse goes on to share four key characteristics of our God:
- He CARES for the ones He calls His own – for we are His flock!
- He GATHERS us in His arms, signifying His might & strength. We are safe in His embrace.
- He HUGS us as He CARRIES us through the rough times. I am reminded about a paper I wrote years ago on shepherds, where I learned that the shepherd would carry those lambs, which needed to be taught to heed and obey his voice, by temporarily not allowing them to walk.
- He LEADS those pregnant to good places as part of how He care for them. Without regular and healthy amounts of food, the next generation of lambs will not be born as strong.
Nothing I go through escapes my Shepherd’s vision, nor His attention and care.
What a timely verse for my crazy day. For my day continued with dealing with a meltdown (not mine), being crammed as a sardine on the bus home, a quick change then a three hour volunteer shift outside in the unexpected windy evening. It also included getting to know a new coworker better, hearing an motivational speaker, and an unexpected early night’s sleep!
But God knew I would need a Shepherd to help me through that, and every day!
I was able to handle things, because I know He was handling all the details of what mattered the most – His care for ME!
I am learning the more I let go to allow Him to flow through me, the more I am capable of doing with His focus, strength and heart. How about you?