Posted on October 9, 2011 - by Lorna Seilstad
In our rush-rush-rush world, I’m one of the queens. In the morning, I prioritize what has to be done and organize my day accordingly.
Hubby needs clean clothes for a trip. Done.
Kids need healthy stuff for lunches. Done.
Editors need edits back today. Done.
Blog needs written. Done.
The show choir teacher needs a mom to come at 7 a.m. to measure kids for their costumes. Done.
And I know I’m not alone. All of us sheep tend to fill our days to the brim, often out of necessity. Two jobs. A family who needs help. A class that needs taught. A task that must be done. A child who needs a story.
If there was ever a group of people who needed to lie down in the cool grass of green pastures, it’s us modern day, wooly headed, stubborn sheep.
But David, the shepherd? He didn’t have to deal with PTA or publishing deadlines. He didn’t worry about how he’d pay his rent or how much partially hydrogenated vegetable oil his children were consuming.
Good grief. He didn’t even have children or a wife for that matter. Why did God have to make him lie down?
And notice David said “makes” and not “made.” It was an ongoing thing. It happened more than once. God knew David needed to stop.
In studying Psalm 23, I find “He makes me lie down in green pastures” to be a fascinating verse. Sheep don’t lie down easily because they are afraid. There is a lot of tension in a flock. There’s friction among the sheep, rivalry, competition, and an ever present fear of the unknown.
Sound familiar? And when you think about when you need a break most, when does it stem from? The actual tasks on your list or your weariness in dealing with the people? The constant push of the world or the push that comes from within to succeed? The fear of not measuring up or the fear or the fear of failure?
I think there’s a secret in this verse we often rush past. God WILL make you lie down. It’s for your own good, but He will make sure you step away for times of rest.
When my kids were little, I occasionally suffered from migraine headaches. One day, my husband said he wasn’t surprised when I got one. He said he’d noticed they came when I hadn’t had any time to myself. He started, jokingly, calling them ME-graines.
Amazingly, when I went to my bedroom and would lie down for several hours, the headaches would disappear. Hmmm. My green pasture was a king size bed.
Since then, I’ve learned to make sure I had that time away so I could avoid the ME-graine pain. However, God always has a unique way of “making me lie down” when I need the time away from the world and I’ve learned to thank him for the flu, for blizzards and snowdays, and even electrical outages. His creativity is never-ending.
What about you? When is the last time God “made you lie down in green pastures”? Were you surprised by the pasture He chose, His timing, or that He had to make you lie down in the first place?