Psalm 23

I overslept a bit and managed to get in a jump rope workout and some kettlebells.  It felt like I burned 300 calories.  Does that count?

Moving on.

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
 He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
     He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
 Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
 You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.

This is a well-known passage.  I remember memorizing it in Sunday school and earning a pencil with the psalm printed on it as my prize.

I meant to post this yesterday, which was the 23rd. I meditated on this scripture all day.  Still have most of it memorized, I found. As I sat on the floor (jeans day!) and sorted through boxes of old project documents, correspondence and drawings, I thought about what it means to have God direct my paths. Nowhere in this psalm does it talk about overcoming enemies or fighting. It’s just…peace. Our path hasn’t changed. The dark valley remains the same.

This file clerk business can sometimes be lonely and rather dull. Looking at other people’s historical documents and trying to drill down to what’s worth keeping feels like an uphill battle. Could I have peace and joy even in the midst of the most mundane tasks? As I contemplated it, looking page by page and asking God for understanding, I found it to be true. I changed in God’s presence. May it be true for you today, too. God is in the seemingly endless everyday tasks.  He will find you there.

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