My friends, I awakened this morning thinking about that little girl who spent many days staring up in the sky those many years ago. As that little girl, I was in awe of the vastness of the heavenlies (not a term I used then). I did not know the Lord nor did I know about the concept of salvation, but I knew, without a doubt, that the wonder that I beheld was not something that just happened in a moment of time. It was not the result of some Big Bang theory. I knew in my heart of hearts that this was a masterpiece of creation! What single moment could have abruptly crafted the clear azure blue skies and the pristine white clouds dispersed throughout it? Then, I thought about myself as a member of mankind—what part do I and other human beings play in this creative plan. Even as a little girl, I longed to know more.
I began to think about David, the shepherd boy. While protecting his father’s sheep, he must have lain out in the field night after night, amazed by the beauty of the dark sky, sprinkled with stars and lit by the moon. David shepherded his sheep by shielding them from the elements and from dangerous animals. I wondered: “Is this where he met His Lord and Shepherd?” Just as he loved and protected his sheep, is this where he found the love and divine protection of his Shepherd? As the seed for Psalm 23 germinated in his heart, is this where David began to yearn for something more?
As I reminisced about my Shepherd and could feel the divine love and protection. I knew He was with me and there was such a peace that began to flood my soul. There was a calm reassurance. I felt the leading of Holy Spirit, who was sent by my Shepherd. That same Holy Spirit is my Comforter, my Director, my Instructor and He is leading my path to righteousness. I saw myself, in my mind’s eye, resting by still waters and lying down in green pastures David writes about in Psalm 23.
I felt secure, that my Shepherd’s rod (his omniscient authority) hovered over and surrounded me, while his staff, a symbol of Holy Spirit, was there to guide and protect me through the darkest valley. And, as His anointed, I was resting in the assurance that His goodness and mercy were following me and will continue to follow me “all the days of my life.”
The more I know Him, the more I want to know Him.
So, I yearn for more each day, my friends:
I yearn to worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness. (Psalm 96:9) I yearn to know Him in Spirit and in Truth. (John 14:7) I yearn to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
Be Blessed, my friends.