Although we like to think that we are in control of our lives, in truth, we do not even have control of our breathing—it is controlled by our autonomic nervous system, which keeps us alive on the most basic level. Spirit gives us life and vital energy (green pastures, still waters). There is a Divine provision for every challenge in our lives. But we also have the God given gift to choose whether or not we accept what is provided. It is about living with the faith and trust of a child who knows that all cares and concerns will be handled by a loving parent.
What we think we know is at best limited and we must be open to new ways of understanding ourselves and our world. The spiritual journey is a process of death and rebirth. Rebirth is a "green" experience. When we die to the old, it can feel as though we have been left with no foundation. Our entire world, as we know it, is shattered. Although these deaths are arduous, they are not permanent; they are a shadow of death. For it is through this darkness that we are born again into new understanding. In order to walk the spiritual path, we must be willing everyday to give up our old life for a new pasture.
God waits patiently for us to choose God as the center of our lives (surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life), so that we can receive our spiritual inheritance (dwell in the house of the Lord). The question is can we embrace that childlike frame of mind?
Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. (Matt 18:3-5)And so it is! Amen!