“He leads me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2)
Most people associate the still waters of David’s Shepherd Psalm with peace. However, if you do some research you will find that when a sheep drinks from a stream of water that stream must be as flat and still as a mirror or the water will go up the snout of the sheep. The authentic application of this metaphor is therefore that the still waters mean our great Shepherd leads us to the places just suited for us.
In 1979 I resigned from a large church and accepted a call to a small church that had just begun. After being in the small church for a year I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota because of weird symptoms I was experiencing. After nearly a month of studies, the doctor who directed my program misread my file. Thinking I was still in the large church, when he gave me the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis he told me I needed to go to a small church in a small town. I told him that I had already been in a small church for a year. I was to learn to be fulfilled with doing less and doing it better.
As my symptoms persisted and I was confined to a wheelchair a group of men helped me build a house that accommodated my physical challenges. One of them made a stained glass window with two words on it. Near the entrance for 26 years those two words have been “Still Waters.” Those two words are not just a label for my home but also my ministry – in this location I have accomplished the most fruitful work of my life.
Can you write those two words across what God is doing in your life right now?