My favorite part is verse 2, "He makes me lie down in green pastures." Sometimes I think my Shepherd has to beat me over the head with his staff and nearly put me in a choke hold before I calm down, lie down, and trust Him.
I am a type A to the extreme. I love things organized and clutter free. My closet is color coordinated. My label maker is one of my favorite possessions. I make lists about what to make lists about. I'm a lot like Monica from "Friends", only not quite so neurotic.
All that to say, I really like to have things all laid out and planned for; AKA, I like to be able to control things. I clean when I get stressed because if my world is spinning out of control and out of my hands, I can still have a say in how my sock drawer looks, gosh darn it! Life is seldom something you can plan for. It throws curveballs and fastballs more often than not. I have to (re)learn again and again to let go and trust my Shepherd. To stop forcing my plan and my way when that plan could be leading me straight off a cliff or into the mouth of a lion.
My husband started a new job this week (praises!). It's an exciting time as we enter this new season of having more money while also trying to pay off loans and debt and buy a house and get ready for the next stages of life. My plan for how this all would go is already thrown off a bit. I find myself freaking out and forgetting to trust that God has his eye on me; He knows all these things that hit me as frustrating, horrible, unexpected glitches in the plan. Oh, but His plan is still on track, and it's better than mine! Who am I to stay that Jesus doesn't have color coordinated and well labeled files on every aspect of my life?
Often he hits me upside the head with truth and real perspective (usually through the wise and loving words of my husband). So what if things don't happen the way I had planned for? The Bible says that God has good things planned for me; that His intentions are good, that He is always there and never forgets about me. I believe the Bible. I am who it says I am. I can have what it says I can have. I can do what it says I can do.
Today, may you be reminded to trust in the Good Shepherd. To stop being a stubborn, wiggly sheep; but one who hears his gentle voice and hearkens to it. May the Shepherd not have to beat some sense in us today! :)