He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures

He makes me lie down in green pastures …

Dear Lord,

That sounds so peaceful. You, the Great Shepherd who provides for me with all sufficiency also brings me to rest. You know me better than anyone. Your concern for mind, spirit, soul, and body is the source of my true wholeness. You want me to experience rest, peace, calm, serenity. Shalom.

I’d really like to pray through this magnificent Psalm without so much confession. However, whenever I sense Your presence, I am overwhelmed by my flaws as I stand in your light. The truth is that I do not want to rest. I desire Shalom without time for calm. At times I feel frantic, trying to meet all of my obligations and self-placed self-paced and self-centered activities.

I confess that while I was writing this prayer I checked email and Facebook. Several times. I thought about breakfast. I thought about the trip I’m taking today. I thought about the things I have yet to do before Sunday comes. I thought about how I can’t seem to stop thinking about all the things I think. Then I thought that You know all of my thoughts.

So I’m not sure what I’m asking when I say, Lord, “make me lie down in green pastures” … but please do. I am not always certain that I know what I need – but without sabbath rest I become so weary.

It is when lying down in green pastures that I can finally become more aware of Your presence. I will be able to hear your voice. I will contemplate the riches of your grace. I will relinquish control and busyness to you. It is then that the thirst of my spirit is sparked. The more I am near You, the more I want You.

So yes, Lord, please… make me to lie down in your green pastures.

~John

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