Do you ever feel like God is speaking to you? Specifically to you? Yesterday I felt as if God were wooing me, asking me to spend some time learning about who He is as the Shepherd.
It was an uncanny experience. First, in the morning I was teaching my daughter’s homeschool lesson on gentleness. One of the books for this unit is Found: Psalm 23, by Sally Lloyd Jones.
We’ve read it several times, but yesterday I was struck by how lovely the book really is. It tells the story of the 23rd Psalm from the perspective of a little lamb.
I decided to emphasize lambs a little bit more in my daughter’s lessons this week. Why not draw, paint and read about them? Something about focusing on this theme excited me. (Side note: let me know if you’re interested in a post about my homeschooling approach!)
Then later in the afternoon I came across an ad for an e-course on prophetic personalities. I normally ignore these things and move on, but I felt a tug in my spirit to sign up. So I did. I listened to the first session while I was prepping dinner and the anchor verse is from John 10 – The Good Shepherd and His Sheep.
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Later in the evening, as I completed the written work for session 1, I had to read Psalm 23 and to meditate on the traits of the Shepherd and the effect of the Shepherd on His sheep.
And finally, as I was winding down for the night, I got a promotional email about a newly-released meditation about… you guessed it! Psalm 23.
Mind blown! I was shocked and excited. Clearly God is pointing me in a specific direction.
What is it that I need to learn about God’s character as my Shepherd?
And how should I, a sheep, respond to Him?
I’m going to be studying God the Shepherd all week. I’ve looked at Psalm 23 with fresh eyes so far:
- Provides good things
- Guides the sheep
- Brings peace
- Cares about the state of His sheep’s soul
- Accompanies and leads His sheep
- Blesses His sheep
The fruit of this relationship for His sheep:
- His presence empowers us
- He comforts us
- We feel safe
- Fear is eradicated
- We are abundantly blessed
- We thrive in spite of opposition
- Our future is secure
Don’t you just love it when God tries to get your attention in a way that is undeniable?! I was tuned in to hear what God had to say this time, but I often tune out the gentle prodding of the Holy Spirit.
God is always speaking. The question is, are we listening?