HE LEADS ME BESIDE STILL WATERS
There is a common phrase: "go where the Spirit leads you". I love the freedom in being led since I almost have the sense of being pulled in a direction without effort on my part. It is a call from within that creates a centripetal force uniting my mind, body and will with purpose. There are so many thoughts that we, as humans, process simultaneously. I first became aware of this when I was a new mother raising small children. The mindless tasks of folding laundry and washing dishes allowed me the luxury of thinking far deeper than I had previously on human existence and the origins, meaning, and purpose of life. Subsequently, the next step of my journey was in a career and as I settled in the workforce, my mind was more focused on producing reports and taking notes than on exploring the depths but I was already aware of the possibilities. I call it "inspiration" to be led down paths of discovery to celebrate with awe the wonder of Creation and human existence. I can no longer look at a tree, insect or sunrise in ignorance. I am inspired and led to praise the Creator of such wonder. Being human, my great temptation is to answer the call of the television or turn up the volume so I miss the opportunity to go deep and reflect on what I know. That is, if I resist the temptation to fill my mind with endless noise, the Lord, who is my Shepherd, will lead me beside the still waters and restore my Soul. Psalm 23: 1-3.
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