“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
Not unlike the list of things to do in my life, the list of problems is unending. But this is the stuff of life. Our lives are full of problems to be solved, or not solved as the case may be. Problems, and the desire to solve them, actually bring meaning to our lives. In his book 4,000 Weeks Oliver Burkeman points out that it is not the existence of problems that should trouble us but instead our drive to solve them immediately.
This can all get heady pretty quickly! But we can probably all agree that problems are a part of life. Additionally, some problems may benefit from thoughtful reflection more than from quick, forward action towards resolution.
Psalm 23 reminds us that God is with us for the journey. The faithful shepherd will guide whether we are in throws of a tough problem or in one of life’s more gentle spots. This Psalm doesn’t promise no problems, instead it gives the sure promise of God’s abiding presence.
Good Shepherd, Thank you for Your guiding and sustaining presence. We believe you are with us despite the problems that surround us. We ask for wisdom as we seek resolution to the struggles we face today. May we permit Your good timing and Your Holy Spirit in the midst of each day. AMEN