Psalm 23:2b – He leads me beside quiet waters.
Last week Junior and I had a discussion about enforced rest, when God makes you lie down in green pastures. In the next breath, the psalmist says, “He leads me beside the still waters.” Obviously, there’s a time to lie down and a time to get up and be led by the Shepherd.
I’ll continue to have a conversation with “my kid” while I hope you do the same with a child in your life.
Theoretical Conversation #4
You: “Quiet waters.” What kind of water is that?
Kid: The water doesn’t move much so it doesn’t make a lot of noise.
You: So I guess He doesn’t lead sheep by the ocean.
Kid: Or a river. Rivers move fast. Maybe a lake?
You: Sounds good. A lake on a day with no wind.
Kid: Good day for swimming.
You: Exactly. But in this verse, they aren’t going swimming. Since the sheep are beside quiet waters, they must be on the shore.
Kid: They can’t go in and cool off?
You: I guess not for the moment. But what can they do if they’re right next to the water?
Kid: They can drink it!
You: Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!
Kid: Well, that’s not hard to figure out. Everybody drinks water.
You: But not everybody drinks God’s water.
Kid: I’ve never seen God Water.
You: It’s not water like you pour into a cup. The Bible says God’s Word is His water. You can drink the Word and never be thirsty.
Kid (suspicious): I always get thirsty again. Besides you can’t drink a Bible.
You: I know I often say the Bible is God’s Word. It would probably be more accurate to say Bibles contain the words of God. But The Word is Jesus Himself.
Kid: I remember. I memorized John 1:1 for Sunday school. (thinks a moment) But how do I drink Jesus?
You: Not with a glass and a straw, that’s for sure. But you can read His words in the Bible and think about what they mean. You can talk to Jesus and listen for answers to your prayers. Those are ways to drink the Word.
Kid: And I won’t get thirsty?
You: If I hand you a glass of water, and before you finish drinking it I come back with another full glass, will you get thirsty if I constantly have a full glass ready for you?
Kid: I’d never have time to get thirsty. The water would always be there.
You: That’s how God makes sure you never have to be thirsty. The Word is always there. You can always talk to God, always remember Bible verses you’ve learned. Like the sheep, you can walk along that lake shore and keep sipping on the water as you follow the Shepherd.
Kid: Cool! And maybe sometimes He’ll let me jump in and swim, too.
You: Maybe He will…
Wouldn’t it be great to have that kind of a conversation while you’re sitting on a quiet lake shore? At sunset? I’m putting that on my bucket list.