“He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3 NRSV)

    he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

As the sheep start the day, each takes a particular place in line and stays in the same position all day. However, sometime during the day, each sheep leaves its position and goes over to the shepherd. The shepherd gently touches the sheep, scratches its ears, and whispers in the ear of the sheep. The sheep, reassured and encouraged, resumes its place in line. They are restored.

Our spirits can run down. We can lose our motivation, our zest for life. We can feel unenthusiastic, even cold and hopeless. But the Good Shepherd can also renew us if we go to Him. He can heal us and breathe new life in us and restore our soul.

Sheep have poor eyesight. They cannot see very far in front of them and have no sense of direction. There are narrow paths, but there are also green pastures and still waters. If the sheep follow the shepherd, they will take the right path and be safe. We, too, must follow the (Good) Shepherd. He will give us strength and walk with us on our journey if we but allow Him to.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams