No I don’t mean a Mountain Dew to start off the morning but this time of year if someone showed up on my front step with one I would probably drink it. (I promise one day spring will be over and I will stop talking about how tired I am…haha.)
I learned something about sheep while reading in A shepherds look at psalm 23. Sheep can survive on the water that morning dew provides.
Most people are not aware that sheep can go for months on end, especially if the weather is not too hot, without actually drinking, if there is heavy dew on the grass each morning.
A shepherds look at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller
When I think of God leading me beside still water I envision a lot more than just dew. I picture way more than a puddle and exceedingly more than just the dew on the blades of grass.
I think that way with so many things in my life. I think ‘If God is going to provide it then obviously it’s going to be BIG so BIG that there is no way I will miss it.’ If we look back on our lives I think we can prove that statement to be false. If we look back we might be able to see the seemingly little things in this world that God uses to sustain us. However maybe some of the things he uses are so small and minute in our eyes we wouldn’t even be able to recall whatever it was he used.
I think of the Israelite people when they were traveling through the desert. God was providing for them but they did not find it to be enough or have enough diversity in what he was providing. Manna would fall from the sky and quail was available all around them. God provided them with water in a desert in different ways too.
There are times in life when if feels like God is not providing for us. If feels like we are in the middle of a drought and God has left us to fend for ourselves. We can’t see an ocean, lake, or even a puddle of water to quench us. There are times in life when we are not receiving what we think we need. We have the quail and manna but we crave the cucumbers, melons, and leeks just like the Israelite people did. (Numbers 14)
As we graze through this life we are being cared for by our shepherd. He is ensuring we get the water we need. We may not notice the dew but it is there and he is providing it. We can know he is providing for us with in the dew and we can look forward to the day when we will see the water flowing right from Jesus.