Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
The unexpected is a fact of life. Think how often in our daily routine that we encounter the unexpected. Simple things: running out of paper, ink, dish detergent, the shirt you were going to wear is in the laundry, the lawn mower won’t start; your appointment is delayed. Then there are those that are a little more noteworthy: traffic jams, canceled appointments, a friend lets you down, something is forgotten by someone who shouldn’t forget, the car breaks down, extra work is dumped on you in your job….
These (and many other) things when viewed from a distance don’t seem to be so bad – annoying maybe – but they aren’t major issues. We usually don’t perceive them as tests of our faith. They don’t fall into the category of losing a job, losing investments, losing a loved one, being injured in an accident, being betrayed by a friend, discovering you have a life threatening disease, etc….
But all of these things, whether big or small, have something important in common. They are all opportunities. Opportunities for what you ask? Each and every one of them gives us the opportunity to reflect the reality of our life in Christ. These opportunities are windows into our soul that give insight to those around us – and ourselves if we have eyes to see it.
Take a moment now and re-read today’s verse. Now, read it again, out loud, pausing after the first phrase. This verse describes an unshakeable, bedrock reality that God intends to
become ours as we walk in His ways – truly becoming a disciple of Jesus. It becomes the reality of who we are to the depth of our being. The reality of God in our lives is an unshakeable settled-ness that is reflected in our responses to everything we encounter.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I lack nothing. Although a storm may be raging around us, it’s peaceful in the boat. The storm doesn’t shake us. Jesus is our Shepherd and the reality of our life in Him is reflected in all of the unexpected ‘opportunities’ we encounter. Hopefully, that reflected reality is of someone walking in His ways.