If there is one thing that has been burned into my mind throughout my crazy OCD journey it is this…
There is peace in the pasture.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name’s sake.
Us humans, we love to try to be the shepherd right? Who doesn’t want to be in charge and not have to answer to anyone? Let me tell you who. You.
Think of a shepherd with his sheep in the pasture. The sheep have everything they need. They have food and water, there is a fence to keep them safe. They have everything they need because of their shepherd who watches over them.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
Jesus is our good Shepherd. We are His sheep. If you are having a hard time accepting that, I’m telling you, there is NO peace in trying to be your own shepherd. You will find peace as a sheep. And it really is a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
What is keeping you from submitting? Is it pride? You just want things your way? Friend, here’s your sign, you’re doing yourself in. Is it fear? Are you afraid that if you submit you will not enjoy God’s will? I thought that too! But you can’t let that hold you back. Seriously. No matter what it is. Remember Abraham.
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Genesis 22:1
Just do it. Just call to God and say “Here I am!”
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3
Today, just surrender it all. Be a sheep. There is peace in the pasture.