Words from the Heart for Monday January 27th, 2020
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
Psalm 23:2 (NKJV)
According to a report by the Fraser Institute, Canada has the third-largest supply of annual renewable fresh water in the world. While abundant, Canada’s freshwater resources are not evenly distributed across the country. Much of Canada’s fresh water drains northward into the Arctic Ocean and Hudson Bay, limiting its availability along the country’s southern border where the majority of the population resides. Nonetheless, Canadians consume only a small fraction (about 1%) of the water supply that is annually available.
My wife and I once took the Cat, the large catamaran ferry that used to run between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Bar Harbor, Maine. It turned out to be the roughest three-and-half-hour trip that the Cat had ever sailed. The swells were huge, and people were sick all over the place. The captain came on and apologized – he said if he had known how bad the storm was going to get, he wouldn’t have sailed. When we arrived in the harbor in Maine, protected from the storm, the calm waters were like a balm to our battered bodies. No wonder we love Psalm 23:2: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” Life can be like that storm in the Bay of Maine – rough and nauseating. We feel beat up and hopeless. So our Shepherd Lord comes alongside us. And notice how the Psalmist puts this – that Shepherd Lord makes us lie down in green pastures and He leads us to still waters. The Lord loves us so much, and when we find ourselves in the midst of the storm, He comes alongside and leads us to the still waters.
These have been words from the heart.