I was helping clean the yard at my daughter’s new home recently. After a while, my grandson Jordan said, “Come sit on my beach Nana.” He was referring the edge of the brook in their backyard. We leaned back on a tree and just listened to the water and the birds. It was so peaceful and restful, especially after an hour of bending over picking up sticks.  It reminded me of Psalm 23, which was our upcoming lesson in children’s worship. I find the same peace when I read that chapter. I need to read it every day. We often forget (I am the biggest offender) to come to God spend time resting in the meadow beside the water. God is our loving shepherd, watching over us, guiding us, protecting us, in the good times and bad.

For those of us that memorized the King James Version, as a child, you might have been like one of the kids in children’s worship (and me as a child). He had read that chapter at home and he was upset about the first verse that says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. Why would we not want the shepherd!!?  So I read that NIV version to the kids. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Don’t you love it? When we are letting God lead us we lack nothing!

This verse also reminds us that he didn’t say we would not have bad times. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;” We will go through dark times, but we don’t have to go through it alone – God will be there with us. A big key to this is walk through the valley, don’t hang out there. Listen to the shepherd when he is guiding you through. And while you are walking through life remember: “Surely only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord and His presence shall be my dwelling place.”

So take some time and sit on the “beach” and rest in God’s love and peace.

Robin Reef