ORANGE TIP: Our Shepherd
Leading into this season of busyness I’ve been reflecting on Psalm 23. It has been said that this Psalm is a poem about the character of God. While we have no clear idea of what situation the psalm may be addressing, it is mostly based around the metaphor of God as our shepherd, and shows us His status as “owner, head, leader…protector” whose role is to “feed, keep, pasture, water, protect, lead” (Nel 2005).
Here, and in Jesus’ use of the same metaphor (John 10:1-17) we can discover what this means for us on a day to day basis. In our lives we can have confidence in God as one who feeds and protects, and whose headship and leadership are for our good. Whether we feel like we are lying down in green pastures or walking through the valley of death – He is with us, guiding us, leading us.
In the busyness of term four, we can allow God to ‘lead us beside still waters’. This may not slow down the crazy, but in the midst of the rush and bustle we can let God still us and bring peace. We can create the spaces to breathe with the Holy Spirit. It may only be 30 seconds or five minutes, maybe half an hour if we’re lucky, but I encourage you as individuals, or as a family even, to take a minute to be still, whenever you can, and intentionally invite God to comfort you and refresh your soul.
*What is ‘Orange’? Orange is a visual reminder that to help our kids follow Jesus the church and families need to work together.
If RED represents the love and heart of families for their kids…
And YELLOW represents the light that the church should be in the world…
Then ORANGE is when we come together, work together and guide our children together.*
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