Still Waters

“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?

One Response to Still Waters

  1. BGibbs says:

    Thank you for allowing God to use to be a blessing to me and to so many people around the world. I learned something new about the meaning of “still waters,” as you explained how the waters were to be flat and made just right for the sheep to drink. I was blessed by that, too. I appreciate your time and hard-work with creating the mini bible college teachings. I am beginning the journey to studying your notes on the Bible. I did not know of this website and God led me to your ministry in Christ through your teaching on “Four Spiritual Secrets,” and I was directed to your website by the lady who gave the study questions at the very end of the audio-book. Thank you so much for the teachings. If there are any particular books or names of Christian authors you recommend for additional spiritual growth, please e-mail them to me. May God richly bless you and your family! Sincerely, Bee

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