The Loss of a Dream (Day 3 from a untitled collection)
In Psalm 23 we are told that the Lord is our Shepherd, but do you know what that means? The Bible mentions shepherds and their duties over two hundred times. When I was in Israel our guide explained that it was the shepherd’s responsibility to carry the weak lambs in their arms until they were strong enough to stand on their own; Isaiah 40:11 uses God metaphorically in this same manner. The Tanakh is a translation of the scriptures according to the traditional Hebrew text states it this way, “. . . He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them in His bosom . . .” It was also the shepherd’s duty to stand guard over the flock by day in the fields and by night in the sheepfold. I believe that’s what God had done for me all that time when I was too weak to stand on my own. In Hebrews 13:5, Jesus, as our Shepherd, said He would never leave us nor forsake us, and He never did.
I could feel the emptiness leaving and the presence of the Lord returning. In scripture when the word upright is used to describe an individual it is saying that God approves of their character or behavior. Psalm 140:13 from the CJB says “. . . the upright will live in your [God’s] presence.” I was so excited for what God was doing, and I knew He was not finished with me yet. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai, ‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.’” I had no idea what his plans for me could be but I was sure of one thing—it was going to have to be His. Oh, I knew He wouldn’t harm me, but the last few years just seemed to go from bad to worse, and I wasn’t ready to put myself out there again.
Now precious child of God spread your wings and fly, there is a whole world of possibilities waiting for you. “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” (NKJV).