The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. ~Psalm 23:1-3a, NKJV
The aching of the soul is as real as it is undefined. Longing tugs hard, hunger rumbles long, and the void is ever felt. But when the good Shepherd adopts this hungry sheep, that starving little lamb is satisfied. He will not let my soul go forever unfulfilled. He will not leave me in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters.
But what if I’m tired while in the hot, dry desert? Continue on, little sheep. There is a better place of rest. I will lead you there, I promise, and there you can lie in the lush quilt of green.
How about a drink here—I can smell the waters, hear them tumbling over boulders and down the mountain. Continue on, little sheep. It is not safe here.
But it’s water—it’s what I want. I know a better place. You will not go thirsty, and you will be safe.
The journey can be long and frustrating. Sometimes frightening. But the Good Shepherd, the one who adopted me, gave me a name, and guides my path, He will restore my soul. He did not call me only to leave me empty again. He shepherds me with love; I will follow Him all the days of my life.