Sing with me: “…is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”
Well, sorry Jackie DeShannon but I beg to differ…well sort of. True that what we all need is love – to know we are deeply & intimately known and loved. But false – there is no shortage of that kind of love. God is love and from his abundant supply – he can fill us all to overflowing – “a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over” if we will look to him.
But we don’t (I often don’t) look to Him to be filled. I look everywhere else – comparing my life to some version of life I think I should have. I invite discontent into my life as if it were a dear friend as opposed to what it really is – a thief…an enemy.
By nature, I like to improve things. It’s how I operate. But if I’m not careful, this personality trait of mine can bleed over into my soul in a negative way. Viewing my life through a lens of what can always be improved can keep me in the company of Discontent and Comparison. And they aren’t very generous companions. In fact – they don’t give at all – they just take. They steal my time, my joy, my peace, my love for others…and the list could go on of all they take when I invite them in.
So, the question for me..for us…is “how do we uninvite them?” Gratitude is a first step. Another is focusing on truth. And the truth is we have a Good Shepherd, we lack nothing. He cares for us, he watches out for us with constant vigilance, he provides for our needs, he guards us, he fights our enemies, he lays down his life for us. He leads us to green pastures and beside quiet waters. He restores our soul.
A picture of this Good Shepherd is found in Psalm 23. This happens to be the MOST SEARCHED verse throughout the world. People all over the world who are seeking to know God, are finding refuge and comfort in the same portion of scripture. I find this in and of itself comforting. We are not alone. We are all seeking a love to fill us and the Good Shepherd meets us in that place of asking…seeking…wandering – and he restores our souls. He leads us to green pastures and beside still waters. We are truly known and truly loved. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It is found in Jesus, our Good Shepherd.
May we believe it and make it known.