Psalm 23:1-6 – The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters; he restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)
I have been home for a week with a teenage son. He had a week with the flu, struggled back to school for four days, then collapsed with mono. If I hadn't suffered through this disease myself at 16, I would not be as calm and knowledgeable in his care. If I hadn't done a 3-year stint of midnights at work, I wouldn't be able to cope with a week of round-the-clock home nursing care. If I hadn't been the mother of a prodigal son (my other boy) for 4 years, I wouldn't have learned to focus on God during the times of my worst fears and fatigue. God has taught me to appreciate and grow through life's lessons, and to praise Him through all things.
This week has given me a break from my busy routine. It's given me a chance to be really close to my boy, to serve and comfort him. It has allowed us to share some really personal stuff in the middle of the night. I have been able to assure him that God cares for us, is constantly present, only a breath away when we hurt and fear. It ain't been a bed of roses, but there have been many blessings along the way. Such is life in Christ. Praise God!
Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for Your shepherding – your care, concern, guidance, and wisdom, and for Your great gift of faith. Please give us the eyes to see your involvement in our lives, and to rest in the knowledge that we are never alone. May we grow in relationship with You, every day. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, and in the name of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.