So why do we want to leave the lush green land of the great Northwest and head to the dry and deserted land?
First, I think of the passage in Psalms 63:1 (MSG) that reads “God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
Next, I think of Psalms 23 (NIV):
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
Last year, I discovered some interesting things about Psalms 23 during a class assignment, which is known to bring comfort during trials.
- We have a Shepherd who wants us to take care of His people just as they have a Shepherd taking care of them
- We have a Shepherd who will bring comfort, security and hope through the provision of basic needs
- This Shepherd wants us to take the time to rest and prepare for the battles that come our way
- This Shepherd wants people to show mercy and goodness to others just as He shows the same generosity to people
- Finally, this Shepherd wants us to worship Him; however, God is at home rather He is here on earth or in Heaven and He is preparing a place for people in Heaven
Finally, this passage shows that a Shepherd will care for His flock while He expects those in leadership and His followers to care for those who are less fortunate. This same Shepherd provided His only son as the sacrificial lamb to provide for the lost. He did this became He delights in providing comfort, basic needs, protection and salvation to His flock as they worship and sing praises to Him.
Therefore, in conclusion, my husband and I desire to meet the needs of the people in Nevada and show them there is a Shepherd who will give them rest, cool water, and provide for their needs. We do not know how we will do this and at times we may struggle; however, we know the Shepherd will provide as we put our trust in Him and know with faith, He is at our side through this journey.
What are your needs at this moment? Do you need comfort as you face your own trials?