“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will 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 anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Hey everybody!! Daggum daggum daggum!!! I’m excited to share this Gold with you today! I had a Son-day surprise ready for you but God keeps supplying so much gold we’ll just have to save it for tomorrow. Kind of going off yesterday’s Gold seeing how when we give up ourselves and our struggles to God, He is so faithful to answer and so powerful that you can throw the word impossible out of your vocabulary with Him. Today I was driving down the road which is my prime time spot I usually do my business with the Lord. So I’m praying and I had some deep worry that had been building up the last few days with my hours being cut back at work, applying for a job in more of a ministry setting, at the moment I was most worried about making it by and what to do next. I don’t know why it took me so long but I finally gave those worries to Him and instead of trying to fix the problem and figure it out on my own like I usually do, I just left it alone. I just felt that the Lord was going to provide, I didn’t know when, where, or how long it would take but God gave me peace about it.
It wasn’t an hour later and my phone rang, it’s my dad/boss, he said someone called out and he asked if I wanted to come in and get some extra hours. What?!?!? My mind is still blown and I’m struggling to put words to it but wow God! Working on a Saturday afternoon wasn’t in my plans and I can’t say I was excited about it but I had just confessed to the Lord what I was struggling with, how I was struggling to believe that He could do it and struggling to take my hands off the wheel. He answered. This may not be the biggest most heaven opening God moment you’ve ever heard of but that’s where I was hit the most. So often in my life I expect to pray like God is a genie in a bottle and before I turn around He is going to open up the clouds, reach down and give me a winning lottery ticket. I’m not saying God isn’t capable of doing huge miraculous things but when we expect Him to do nothing but what seems huge in our eyes then we lose track of all the little moments that God completely and fully breaks through our tiny struggles and leads us into greener pastures.
I guess since God is so big and powerful it’s hard to see Him in the small things but that’s what’s so amazing is that God isn’t just our shepherd when we are walking through the valley of death and at the lowest pit of trouble we could be in, He is our Shepherd in each moment, little, big, medium sized, they are all the same to God because when He shows up so faithfully and you’re able to see just how much He cares for you, fights for you, and is in complete control of not just some but all the situations in our life, God only shows up in big ways because it’s who He is, GOD! That’s been the biggest advantage in seeing God work when me and my wants are out of the equation, when I’m the sheep and He’s the Shepherd, His provision may not be exactly how I planned it, wanted it, or thought it would come and so often when it’s not in my way then I miss out on seeing the blessings and provision God is bringing everywhere in my life. When we’re in the way, we have a tendency to only see God and His work in our lives only when it comes in the way we want it, that’s the thing, it doesn’t matter how we want it or how we think God should do it, He works in His way, He is the Shepherd and He Shepherd’s us in the way He best sees fit for our lives. I hope that makes sense because usually wrapped up in my wants, I would’ve never seen the call to work today as an answered prayer or blessing from God, I didn’t want to go to work because it wasn’t in my plans but that’s the way God provided so it doesn’t what I want because God has given me what I need. I’m sitting here pretty convicted of all the times God has showed up and provided for me and since it wasn’t the way I wanted it and my own selfishness was in the way, my eyes were consumed with me instead of enjoying God’s Shepherding and blessings in my life.
Just wanted to share that with you today with the hope that it can be of some encouragement to you in whatever sized problems you have in your life. God is right there, He is your Shepherd and He is surrounding you with everything you need in this very moment, take ALL of your worries to Him, and He may not answer in the exact way you want but He answers in the way you need. No matter what it is, let it go and step back, the Lord is your Shepherd and you shall not want anything else that you think might put duct tape on your problem, or want to do things your way. THE LORD IS YOUR SHEPHERD and that’s all that matters. He’s got you. Just think, maybe He’s about to call you and give you your provision. He is faithful, He loves you, and He is all you need!