The Lord is my Shepherd
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
I know this is a common known verse and to some people it can become very repetitive, but this always comforts me in times of need. We can easily read over verses like this and skim it quickly because we know it so well but if we slow down and really examine every word carefully this verse is very powerful and gives a lot of hope and strength. Myself, parents, friends, and family have all been struggling with the same thing the past few weeks and so I feel led to share on what the Lord has been working on through me and showing me.
We all know working with others can be a challenge. We all have such different views and personalities and habits that come out of us on a daily basis. Working long days with the same people can get challenging at times. Disagreements or conversations at work with coworkers can get frustrating for many reasons. A situation I have been having often, along with other friends of mine, is how to not blow your witness with someone while upset and angry (and I mean REALLLLLLY upset) I’m talkin’ flipping tables upset haha. Especially when the other person knows your a Christian and is waiting for you to say something rude back. I have learned through experience that getting down to the other persons level just doesn’t work out. It feels wrong and it’s not what we are called to do. Although it may feel better to just let it all out, I’ve learned that with saying less and biting your tongue, as hard as it is to do, it is the most rewarding thing because the lord will take care of the situation 10x better than I could of ever handled it. The lord says vengeance is mine and as hard as it is some times we have to let him take care of the situation very quickly hand it over to him. I immediately think of this verse because it gives me peace. Ever since I was a little girl, I would think of me and Jesus laying down in a huge field together in complete peace and quiet. And it’s settled me down ever since. The lord Jesus Christ is our defender. There is nobody or nothing stronger to protect me than him. So whom shall I fear? The lord blesses me and honors me immensely when I give situations like that over to Him. But this may not be with coworkers at work, it may be with other parents your children play sports with or some other situation other than work but it happens to all of us. It’s bound to happen to all of us since we’re human. It’s amazing what his strength can do for us that we don’t have in ourself but get through him when we stay close to him and hear that still small voice. Listen to that still small voice, honor it and obey it and it will help you rely on him more and more once you see he never fails you. XOXOX