Read: Psalm 23
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. (v. 4)
Pastor Jon was at a crossroads. The church he had lovingly served for many years was declining in membership. His wife, Karen, was declining in health. She had not responded well to medication designed to mitigate the debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis. She could no longer care for her basic needs and John spent several hours each day caring for her. He knew it affected his ability to be fully present to the congregation. He knew the church needed to grow, but he didn’t seem to have the energy to lead new initiatives. At 64 years old, Pastor Jon wondered if this might be the time for him to step down. What would be best for his family and the church?
Psalm 23 says that God will guide us into paths of righteousness for the sake of his great name. As we follow him, he will lead us to the green pastures and still waters that we need. In addition, even when we are in difficult places, our Good Shepherd will always be with us.
We don’t need to worry or be anxious in deciding our path forward; we need to trust our Good Shepherd (John 10:14). In big decisions, and in daily small ones, it’s our work to listen for our Shepherd’s voice and to follow. We can trust the one who loves us enough to give his life. —Bonnie Nicholas
As you pray, ask God to help you trust in his goodness, to listen well and to follow him.
About the Author
The hope Jesus offers is not just for the future—as believers, we can carry the hope of Easter every day. Bonnie Nicholas retired as Director of Safe Church Ministry in the Christian Reformed Church in 2020.