A Blog by Jennifer Aulthouse

A heart for those who want more of God. A desperate plea for those who don't.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Good Shepherd

Well, it's been awhile. I've sort of hit a wall in my writing; I haven't really been able to put things into words. Although, frankly, I haven't much bothered with trying to. I'm still experiencing the wonder of embracing my green pastures, and what it means to let Jesus be my Shepherd. I trust that as I continue to move forward, more words will come.

I’m in the process of a big transition now. It’s a little scary, quite overwhelming, and enormously heartbreaking. And too big for me to manage. I need a Shepherd; I need Him to guide me step by step, I need Him to cling to, and I need to rest, knowing that He is taking care of every last detail.

The Lord has opened my eyes to the green pastures He’s put in my life. When I allow Him to be my Good Shepherd, I am freed to enjoy the pastures and be ministered to by them. My Bible study is a pasture. It’s been a safe place for me to study the Word and be with others who just want to know Him more.

Friendship is a pasture. I’ve been strengthened by the presence of friends and it inspires me to do the same for someone else.

My children are pastures. Yes, there are times when I’d like to take them out to pasture, but even in the midst of parenting chaos, I can stop and see how beautiful and amazing they are, and how they are filled with promise. And my Good Shepherd reminds me that He sees all these things in me, too.

My husband is a pasture. I’ve been shown yet again how blessed I am to have such a supportive, affirming man beside me, leading me, and behind me all the way.

But most of all, My Savior, Jesus, has been a pasture for me, as well as My Shepherd. He leads me to Himself, and I find wholeness and hope in Him as He leads me one step at a time.

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