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Our Good Shepherd
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I’ve been running pretty hard for the past 3-4 months. My week is usually made up of teaching 2-3 times, attending prayer and other church meetings, counseling, homeless ministry, and evangelism, plus whatever else may arise in overseeing a church. Like many busy Pastors, this usually means a work week in the 55-60 hour range. Fortunately, I love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, so those hours are not a burden but a delight. But to be honest, I've been feeling a bit tired. It's been a long time without a break, day offs have been rare.

 

Here is where I see the gracious hand of God in my life. Last Thursday I started to feel sick. I thought I'd be able to fight it off and made it through preaching on Easter. Sunday afternoon it walloped me. Monday I spent the whole day in bed. Today I slept in until 9:45! I’m usually up and starting my day by seven at the latest.

 

As I was making coffee this morning, I realized what God was doing. Even though the sickness is still lingering, I am feeling refreshed and raring to get back into the fight!

 

This scripture came to mind.

 

Psa 23:1-3 (NKJV) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (2) He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. (3) He restores (refreshes) my soul...

 

I would have never stopped on my own, so He stopped me and made me lie down for a few days. It wasn't a long break but it was enough. I can't wait to preach again tomorrow night.

 

He truly is a good shepherd and is committed to our well-being.

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#1 Kim Luce 2017-04-18 23:43
I know what you mean...when God give you a break He also gives you the energy to get back into the fight...this reminds me of what you have said many times, God will direct our steps and teaches His kids to rely on Him and fight wounded...

Hope you're feeling better soon...

Cheers!
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