The valley or the pasture?

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I realize more and more the inadequacy of my perception of what a situation actually is. God humbles me, showing me different ways to look at a situation.

Today was one of those days. In gratitude, I thanked Him for leading me through a scary place. And by the end of the prayer, He showed me it wasn’t a scary place–it was actually a green pasture.

My perspective skewed my understanding. My fear blinded me to the rest He offered.

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” –Psalm 23:2-4, NKJV

That thing you fear? That decision He is asking you to make, the step He is pointing–it may not be the valley of the shadow of death. It may not be the worst idea ever. Maybe, just maybe, He is making you to lie down in green pastures–so He may restore your soul.

Do whatever He is asking.
Do the scary thing.
The scary thing may only be scary for the moment of decision.

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