“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3
By: Kerri Young
This is a big month, and particularly an eventful week, for my family. My husband finished his job March 1, so we are now without significant income until we depart for our new home, Lord willing, in May. I am in the process of wrapping up my coaching job and passing on the mantle to my assistant coach. We are down to our last few days in our house and preparing for a big moving sale Wednesday through Friday to—hopefully—get rid of most of our belongings. We are moving across the world and cannot take it all with us. We are also gearing up for our going away party that will take place on Saturday. And, on top of all that, we are trying our best to give our children some sense of normality in the midst of our lives getting turned upside down.
I’m going to be honest with you….
I am overwhelmed…because there is so much that needs to get done in the next two weeks before we roll out of town that I’m just not confident we’ll get it all done.
I am exhausted…because for the few short hours I am able to lie in bed at night I find myself unable to sleep because my brain is constantly thinking of all the things that need to get done.
I am sad…because we have to say goodbye to the bed my daughter sleeps in that belonged to my granny, the dishes we’ve had since we got married and the kitchen shades I so painstakingly worked to find on ebay after they were discontinued at Pottery Barn…not to mention all my cheer peeps, our friends, and the church family we have grown to love here in Northwest Arkansas.
I could go on and on about all the things that I am, but this evening when I sat down to write a blog that would hopefully encourage and not depress you, the Holy Spirit gently reminded me I needed to stop thinking about all the things I am and focus on Yahweh, the Great I Am. I have nothing to offer you, but He does.
When we are overwhelmed and aren’t sure how to go on, He is Jehovah Nissi (The Lord is my Banner).
When we are exhausted and need supernatural rest, He is Jehovah Raah (The Lord my Shepherd).
When we are sad and need peace that surpasses understanding, He is Jehovah Shalom (The Lord is Peace).
When we are stressed out and need reassurance of His love and perfect plan, He is Abba (Daddy) and El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty).
When we are nervous things won’t work out, He is Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide).
I don’t know most of you and I have no way of knowing what frustrations, stresses, or obstacles might be facing you today. But, I do know the God who does. I pray you know Him, too, and that you can find strength to face whatever comes your way in one of His many Names. Blessings, friends! Revel in the truth of all He is today!
For a helpful study on some of the Names of God found in the Old Testament, check out this link.