Green pastures and still waters

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Quote by Anne Holm: “God of the green pastures and the still waters,...”

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Dig Deeper - Psalm 23:2-3a Green Pastures, Still Waters, Restoring the Soul

Isaiah Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.

Psalms 23:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

We didn't have many drug problems at East Side School in the s, nor school shootings, weapons issues, gang violence or unwanted pregnancies. But we did engage in lawlessness of a sort: We opened each day by reading a small portion of Scripture, sometimes we prayed, and once in a moment of defiance we memorized the whole 23rd Psalm, all six verses of it. I can't be blamed; I was underage. It was Miss Love's fault. She blithely disregarded the highest court in the land, yet somehow managed to live up to her name. Subversion never had a sweeter smile. Miss Love taught us many other skills -- I recall words and numbers and arithmetical symbols on the blackboard -- but these simple verses are my best take-aways from second grade.

There is a popular tourist spot in Hong Kong known as Victoria Peak. On a clear day one can stand on the peak and enjoy a panoramic view of the bustling harbor together with the beautiful waterfront lined with skyscrapers and ferry piers. From that peak, if one looks carefully, it is possible to see the distant airport with its busy air traffic and runway extending to the sea. At night, the view from the peak is even more breathtaking. The harbor is ablaze with countless lights glittering like diamonds. It is a glorious scene!

I had visited campus previously and knew that this was my dream teaching job. On my way home, I felt the presence of God overwhelm me as he reminded me of Psalm God was telling me then that he always provides and that this new school was going to be a much more peaceful place for my mind, body, and soul than my current school was. While this has certainly been true, I have found myself multiple times experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. Why is this the case? What happened to the green pastures and quiet waters promised? Has God been unfaithful?

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. ” Psalm Not long ago, a dear friend forwarded a video.
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Please enable JavaScript on your browser to best view this site. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm The inference, of course, is that believers are brainwashed and have no mind of their own, choosing instead to follow blindly along instead of making educated and intelligent decisions. It is an entirely incorrect interpretation of green pastures and still waters. What a sad perversion of a wonderful truth, and of the shepherd-sheep relationship of the Bible repeatedly reminds us. Yet Christ as shepherd remains a central motif, often used to define Christians and their faith, and that is the significant reality.


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