"And those who are happy to be sheep, and who hear the voice of the Great Shepherd calling them, and who follow him as their only hope, and trust in his sacrifice on their behalf—those sheep are now, and always will be, more than sheep. They are children of God (1 John 3:1), heirs of the universe (Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 3:20-23), co-rulers with the King of kings (Revelation 3:21), the bride of Christ (John 3:29; Revelation 21:9), shining like the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matthew 13:43)." ~John Piper...Desiring God
I usually find it very UN funny that I am now raising a little "lover of details"...Yes, my sweet Emmer-bean doesn't just look like her MomE...she is very much like me in temperment as well. Poor child.
As I strive to raise her in "the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Eph.6:4....I find my own heart growing and changing too. As I've said before...I never expected the incredible spiritual lessons I would be given through child rearing.
So, my ears perked up when I heard my Pastor explain a certain part of Psalm 23 yesterday. We are working through the many names of God...and I mean MANY! This series could be LOOONNG!
The Lord is my....SHEPHERD! Some things were obvious...pastures green are the provision for physical needs and wants; what is needed and necessary. He provides spiritual growth and direction by leading us on good paths.
But when Pastor explained vs. 4...the shadow of death...he said, "we can want all the details but we know His desire is for our growth...for us to move towards righteousness...to be more like Christ." I must stop to smirk at this point...cuz it was one of those times where you feel like your Pastor is really talking about just you...and it's embarassing. LOL...of course he's not necessarily...but he does know my control tendancies so I guess it's possible...
So, those of us who are "lovers of details" can keep wishing and hoping but there are certain things we know about God's plans. He knows what He has planned for us..."For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11
...and He is with us. "The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Duet. 31:8
He might need to use his rod and staff to correct and keep me on the path...but it's out of His great LOVE...and even if I don't know the details I can just stick close to Him ...through prayer and His Word...and He will comfort and lead me in the way I should go!
Hopefully, I can teach my daughter these things about this GREAT SHEPHERD that I love...