“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. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
As I write, I sit alongside the Mississippi River. My heart is at peace. I’ve found myself here or around the lakes here in Winona continuously over the past few weeks. My mind has been restless as of late thinking about life, and thus, Christ leads me here. The sun was setting through my bedroom window and my heart was gently pressed to seek the water. I follow the leading and my mind is already more calm.
The Lord has such a way of knowing us intimately and guiding us to where we need to be. Over and over, He provides just what we need. This shouldn’t be surprising seeing as he says in Matthew 6:25-34, “26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Today, I’ve been reminded several times that the Lord is faithful to provide all we need, if only we seek first His kingdom. What does that mean, though? To seek His kingdom?
I don’t know for sure, but I think every time you reach out in love, you’re seeking His kingdom. Every time you offer up a prayer, you’re seeking His kingdom. Every time you’re frustrated and can’t seem to do anything right, and thus lean on the Lord, you’re seeking His kingdom. Every time you feel pressed to go sit by the water or lay upon the lush green grasses, you’re seeking His kingdom.
I was reminded recently that living a life for Christ isn’t easy. In fact, I’d say it’s the harder path to follow. It’s turning away from sin daily and seeking His kingdom. It’s doing the everyday ordinary life extraordinarily simply because you choose to do the ordinary with the joy in your heart which holds the promises of hope given by the Father.
You have the choice, every day, to seek the Lord and His kingdom. I pray you are encouraged and uplifted by His desire to care for you and provide all you need.