Our mother wrote about Psalm 23…when she was still living on earth in August 2004. I wanted to share this today as I was talking to a friend about her fear…
Recently I had a new insight into a very old scripture. When I shared with my girls later, Carol asked me to put this into writing for her…. (Thank you Carol for asking mom to put her thoughts into writing… )
One of the very first passages of Scripture that I memorized as a child was the 23rd Psalm… so familiar that I seldom refer to it even think about it. However, those words came to my mind, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” It has been almost two years since my husband of almost 60 years left me for Heaven. So I realized the Lord really had been my Shepherd and I had been cared for and never been in want.
So I continued quoting the verses until I came to this one: “Yea, tho’ I walk thro’ the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” – and that is when it hit me. I had always connected that verse with meaning “not fearing death or dying.” Twice in my adult life I was “sick unto death,” as the Bible puts it, and I asked God to either heal me or take me Home (heaven). I would be content either way, just don’t let me linger on in such illness that my family would all become exhausted caring for me. I have seen that happen all too many times and that was my greatest fear. I just could not bear the thought of that happening.
But now, I realize the psalmist was not talking about death at all. But he was speaking of the very thing I was so fearful of. “Yea, tho’ I walk’ – you don’t get there very fast walking, for it is a slow, prolonged process. “Thro’ the valley.” I’d rather be up on the mountaintop where I could overlook the valley, but the psalmist went ahead to say “of the shadow of death.”
Could God be preparing me for my own “walk” in the future? And that I should not be afraid, “For thou art with me.” Or am I to share with someone else who may be going thro’ their valley? Only time will tell.
Then I am reminded that in Psalm 56:3 the same psalmist said, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee,” and I am blessed with that assurance.
( I wonder what mom is doing in heaven today….rejoicing I am sure and without fear!!)