Although, I don’t consider myself a fancier of big words, I find that this one describes some things going on in my life that other words fall far short of in describing. Coined back in the early 1800s, it was to have a fun way to describe a person’s reactions of confusion. For me, a simple definition is when God takes those carefully thought out plans or beliefs of mine, (that I thought He was a part of), puts them in His giant blender, and pushes the “High” button.
A truth of life. What goes in the blender, never comes out the same. Something new is created. Sometimes, tasty. Sometimes, not.
In my half-awake, prayerful, state of mind early yesterday morning, trying to find some order in all that was suddenly happening in my life, the still small voice of God, that can far outweigh the loudest claps of thunder in intensity, said to me, “Jeanie, don’t you think I have a plan for all this?”
And, I knew deep within, that once again, it was time to turn it all over to His all-mighty hands and His marvelous work. Not mine to fret or fix. But, to follow. And, I can joyfully make that decision. For, the Master Shepherd, who loves me deeply, has a plan. My part/duty/response? To listen and follow step by step, s x s.
The Shepherd Psalm, describes His care of me so well. Will I submit to this loving care? Yes.
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. (Yea! What abundance!)
You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a 6-course dinner right in front of my enemies. (I love this boldness)
You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. (Abundance plus!)
6 Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. Psalms 23; Msg.
Have a blessed week!
Spiritual Director Jeanie Hershey