Finding Your Quiet Pasture to Make Coping with Illness More Bearable

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

There is something so soothing about these verses. I turn to them again and again when the pain looms large and I cannot reset. I picture myself being guided by the Good Shepherd to a lush, green, quiet meadow. Nearby I hear the gentle lapping of the waters on the shore a peaceful lake.

I am a nature lover and really enjoy having a national forest five miles from home. There is also a nature reserve with marshlands nearby. Sometimes I pack up snacks and thermos of hot ta and my husband and I drive to the forest, or marsh to rest a while. We see eagles, cranes, ducks, turtles, and deer, and sometimes coyotes. The quiet and the scenery restores my soul.

We are God’s sheep and He is our Shepherd. Sheep easily get lost, so the Shepherd must always be that the center of their lives. Always guiding them, keeping them safe, and providing for every need. Sheep will not lie down if they are frightened or hungry. The Shepherd must always be among them, comforting them, and bringing them to meadows of nourishment and rest.

The Lord is our Shepherd. Sometimes we need the Good Shepherd to provides rest and restore our souls. We need to trust Him as completely as sheep do their shepherd. The creator of the green pastures and quiet waters loves to care for His sheep. Let us rest in that and allow Him to restore our souls.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, than You for being my Shepherd. I come to You now as need sheep. Thank you for making me lie down in green pastures, leading me beside quiet waters, and most of all thank you for restoring my soul.

About the author:
Sandra Platt is a pastor’s wife and mother of two. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and daughter and spoiled cat. She enjoys reading, cross stitching, and being a pastor’s wife. She has Fibromyalgia, Sjogren’s Disease, and Neuropathy, along with other chronic illnesses. She is thankful for this opportunity to grow closer to God, and glorify Him in her writing.

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Where do you “get away to” when you need to be reminded of God’s power and love for you? If you are not able to go somewhere, do you ever just sit and watch the sun rise or set to spend time of refreshment with the Lord?

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