The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. -Psalm 23:1
Last week, something odd happened. I awoke with this Bible verse turning over and over in my mind. This has never happened to me before, nor can I ever recall having God speak to me through my dreams. Maybe this is a first?
As I lay there dozing in and out, I remember rattling off these words again and again: The Lord is my shepherd. He is all that I need. For awhile now, I’ve felt like He has been telling me this and apparently, this particular morning, God was really trying to pound it into me.
What I find even more interesting is that I will often start drafts of posts, to later come back and write more. I had forgotten about this post until I came across it tonight trying to figure out what I wanted to blog about. In His most impeccable timing, I saw the title I had written and once again, knew it was His way of reminding me of this after a most trying weekend.
This past weekend was one of those-can-I-please-just-pull-the-covers-over-my-head-and-keep-dreaming-so-I-don’t-have-to-get-up kinda weekends. This, along with the last three years of our lives, made me question life itself. It can be difficult to not understand what God’s plans are and yet, keep running the race. Without going into every detail, we have had to move several times in the past three years due to toxic mold exposure and environmental sensitivities. We are in another temporary living situation and were supposed to move into a different cabin this weekend, however, after moving nearly all of our stuff, we were not able to stay there. The entire cabin had been freshly varnished recently and although it had been aired out, it smelled so strongly, our belongings even smelled like varnish. So, after moving everything, it all had to go back to the cabin we came from. It felt like such a waste of time, energy and hard work. I know that there are different seasons in each of our lives, and then the seasons change, but this season we have been in the past few years has been extremely challenging, to say the least. Yes, there have been many adventures that I am so very grateful for, but there has also been a lot of hard.
I can’t help but wonder, after losing nearly everything we owned to toxic mold almost three years ago, when we will have a more permanent home. It’s all just wordly “stuff”, I know, and we are not of this world. Maybe though, I’m still grieving our losses-our health, our home, our belongings, my social work career, and private school for our girls. That’s a lot to lose in one shot. And it doesn’t include the more recent loss of seeing family due to Covid and our big move to Alaska. It’s tough not to compare our life before toxic mold, to the hardships we have endured since, or to others lives, but I know He’s refining us. There are definitely lessons in all of this. We are learning to trust God more and choose faith over fear. And we are being taught to wait patiently.
Today, I’m weary, but I’m going to choose faith. I’m going to keep my eyes on Him and remind myself that my prize isn’t this side of heaven. He’s telling me that He’s all I need, and maybe until I really, truly comprehend that on a heart-level, He won’t give me any more.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:18
5 thoughts on “He is All that I Need”
God bless you, Aimee as you press on through this difficult season. I SO appreciate your insistence to choose faith, look for the lessons, and remain positive. You are an encouragement to me!
Thank you so much, Nancy, for your kind words. It’s funny how the Holy Spirit works and speaks through other people. Just when a doubt pops into my mind about my writing, you write such an encouraging message! ❤ Thank you again, for this! Needed this today :o)
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Praise God my comments were an encouragement to you, Aimee! Now I’M smiling!!
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Please allow me to add this further encouragement from Psalm 23: Even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me (NIV Psalm 23:4).
Some time ago as I prepared a message using the 23rd Psalm, God spoke to me about this verse. We are to walk through the valley, meaning we are to keep moving forward regardless of current circumstances. We only endanger ourselves if we stop moving by focusing solely on the situation, because as we do, we have taken our full focus off the Lord.
I share this with you, my Friend, to encourage you to keep moving forward, trusting in His goodness and faithfulness. I cannot promise that all we be sunny and shiny, but I do know that abiding in His presence can see one through anything.
I love this verse! Thank you for the encouragement, Pastor Chuck. It’s easy to get stuck and fall prey to satan if we aren’t extremely careful. I needed this reminder to keep moving forward no matter what!
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