Wednesday, January 30, 2008

... by His own hand He leadeth me

Proverbs 3: 5-6 (from The Message version of the Bible)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track.

More on God’s divine guidance from Daily Strength for Daily Needs:
In “pastures green”? Not always; sometimes He
Who knoweth best, in kindess leadeth me
In weary ways, where heavy shadows be.

So, whether on the hilltops high and fair
I dwell, or in the sunless valleys, where
The shadows lie, what matter? He is there.

- Henry H. Barry

The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for his sheep, and they must not question nor doubt, but trustingly follow Him. Perhaps He sees that the best pastures for some of us are to be found in the midst of opposition or of earthly trials. If He leads you there, you may be sure they are green for you, and you will grow and be made strong by feeding there.

- H. W. Smith

The photo is a pretty little church out in the pasture across the road from our house. The water in the pond in the foreground looked purple this day, against the pale yellow of the winter pasture, more so in real life than is evident in the photo. What a privilege to get to live in such beautiful surroundings!

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