Yesterday I got to the part of decluttering the office that I dreaded and almost didn’t deal with. (To think I might have missed out on this is unspeakable!) I had a cabinet full of messages that I shared in various places before caring for mom 24/7 that hadn’t been filed. It was a bit of a scavenger hunt as I had to figure out the year and the location of each message. I hope to do a better job of recording that information from now on! Computers keep the time data related to a document (hallelujah) and I take pictures, so I could figure out where I was. As I worked, God did an amazing thing. He restored my soul! Psalm 23:3
I kept thinking about that verse yesterday, so this morning I got up bright and early to study the verse, especially the word restore. It means to return or bring back.
That’s what God is doing for me! Our good Shepherd brings back the soul that has flown away, so that it comes to itself again.
After Mumsy went to heaven, I knew there would be a long time of recovery, but I thought by now I would be back. What I’m learning is patience… God restores step by step, in His own time, and my job is to follow where He leads. There have been notable points of restoration in the past year and yesterday was one of those. He gave me back 2009, 2010, and 2011 in an unforeseen and surprising way. As I filed away those speaking engagements, I saw how God fueled me up before taking me through intense years of caring for Mumsy. I saw the Gentle Shepherd. I saw restoration. How great is our God. Sing with me!
Words can’t express the joy in following the Shepherd. I’m glad I don’t have to forge ahead on my own. I’m glad I follow His lead. It’s an unexpected ride. Sometimes it’s a terrifying ride. Today it’s a joyride.
This reminded me of a coming day of complete restoration.
“They are before the throne of God;
and they serve Him day and night in His temple;
and He who sits on the throne
will spread His tabernacle over them.
They will hunger no longer,
nor thirst anymore;
nor will the sun beat down on them,
nor any heat;
for the Lamb in the center of the throne
will be their shepherd,
and will guide them to springs of the water of life;
and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."
Do you need restoration? Follow the Shepherd!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!