St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Engineering. Did you know that? That’s what I’ve been told, which is why Wallace Hall at WSU has shamrocks all around outside it. In any case, I have my corned beef and cabbage cooking. How about you? And I fully intend to wear green this morning, even though I’m not sure how my German company celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t want to get pinched.
I am often amazed at the simple complexity of Scripture. Did you know that something could be simple and complex at the same time? Well — it can. Every person is both simple and complex. Layered. Shrek would compare them to onions; Donkey would compare them to parfaits. Either comparison is true. And the Bible is the same way.
The verse(s) for today are part of one of the most well-known, most quoted section of Scripture in the world.
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Just about everyone knows this chapter out of Psalms, whether they know that they know it or not.
And there is so much complexity in it that I could spend all day talking about it. The culture behind it. The purpose of shepherds and how they lived and took care of their flocks. How shepherds worked. How sheep think (or don’t think, in my limited experience). Just this snippet of Psalm 23 is full of all sorts of complex meanings and truth.
But . . . . I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a killer week. There’s a lot going on right now. Personally. Professionally. Emotionally. And my life is so complicated at the moment that I don’t think I want anything else to be complicated either. So, for this morning, I’m going to keep it simple.
The Lord is my shepherd.
He gives me everything I need (not always everything I want, which is very very good for me if I’d stop to think about it).
My life is crazy, but He gives me moments of peace where He reminds me everything is going to be okay.
He tells me what I need to do and how I need to live, and when I follow Him, He lets me bring glory to Him, which is what life is all about.
The Bible is simple. The Bible is complex. If you have time to be complex, go for it. I know I have mornings where I feel the need to delve deep into symbols and themes and theological reasoning. But not today. Today I need the simple reassurance (more like re-re-re-re-reassurance) that God knows what He’s doing.
And He does. He’s my Shepherd. He’s looking out for me. And He’s looking out for you too.