“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”  Psalm 23:2

One sunny Eastern Carolina afternoon, I headed out for a visit to Goose Creek State Park to do the 7-mile wooded trail walk. My heart was full of anticipation as I was asking the Lord for an encounter, and particularly, I was asking Him to restore my soul.

Just that morning I had heard one of my favorite Christian speakers talking about how we needed to let go of all pretenses and just be real with the Father, so that’s exactly what I did. I asked over and over, “Father, restore my soul.”

A couple of miles into my walk, I headed to the left, down a path I had never been before. The sign, which I had never noticed, said, “Mallard Creek.” To my surprise, what I thought was a detour that would lead me back to the main trial, was actually a dead end. I thought to myself, “I’m going to have to backtrack that quarter mile just to get back to where I was going,” but that “still small voice” said, “Check it out.” I was so glad I did! Mallard Creek was just simply beautiful. The water was as slick as glass as I stood at the end of the short pier, just taking it all in.

Back on the main trail, it hit me. I had been hearing a piece of a verse in my head during the whole walk, but in that moment the Father brought it all together for me. It was Psalm 23:2-3, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” 

The Mallard Creek path was no diversion, but instead, a divine object lesson. He was showing me that He wanted me to encounter His rest by leading me beside still waters and restoring my soul.

Today you can know that your Heavenly Father is constantly trying to lead you to green pastures and still waters because, as the good, good Father, He loves you and wants to restore your soul.

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