Psalms 23:4

Dealing with life and life’s choices can be a kin to being on a slide… There are different types of slides…

God is always there… He is our Father and we are his children… And he will take care of us if we allow Him…

Slides for the most part are fun and safe… But occasionally they aren’t…

Small park slides (picture a small child sliding into a parents arms)

Summer water parks (the big splash, but your parent went first and was there to make sure you landed right)

Winter toboggan rides (parents make sure you aren’t sliding into traffic)

Those big crazy long and steep ones when you sit on a mat and hurled down to the bottom (Parents trust that you are turning to God for your safety)

Dangerous slides which can lead to death and distraction (God, parents, friends are willing to be there – just ask)

I can remember, as a child, sliding down at the park while wearing shorts and the metal slides were HOT! or sometimes I got stuck part way down with my skin sticking instead… I could be daring and, while no parent was watching, slide down face first…

The water slides… I would go as fast as possible… There were life guards…

Carnival slide… What could happen? I mom or dad didn’t need to know…

In life we change from slide to slide… When we get stuck in life, God is always there in the big “stucks”, good slides, or the destructive sliding…

With my mental health I hadn’t realize I had a slide which had formed before me… I wasn’t being humble and looking down so I could have seen it better *** I was trying to deal with life on my own and with my own timing…

My mental health slide was to death… It was steep… It had been designed by Satan… And the only thing that stopped me from flying off at the bottom was Jesus… Jesus had been on the slide… He had gone to the bottom and then formed the only way out… Walking up on the wooden cross… It was by faith and trusting Him, holding fast to His hands, those nail scarred hands.. Accepting this free gift of salvation…

But I had slowly turned my head and attention away… I started sliding… I was out of control… And then I humbled myself and looked up and saw Jesus… It was only when I was near the bottom that I looked up and saw Jesus there…

I found deep splinters, my sins and my hurting, my lost faith and hope… Some were already there in me before I slid and now were festering… While sliding I picked up some…

Please re-read the paragraph with the ***

*** NOTE I did not say it wasn’t there *** mental health issues are physical and spiritual…

I wasn’t being humble and looking down so I could have seen it better

I wasn’t facing God and holding onto Him while I was dealing with it.

People quote Psalms 23 BUT THEY STOP AT VERSE 3… Read verse 4

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

God doesn’t promise us a perfect life free from pain – new or old…

He walked and still is walking with me through my valleys of mental health issues and life… He has a rod and staff to tap or just touch me with to make sure I’m on the right path…

The valley, I believe, are really valleys… life can be really messy…

But when I’m through a valley… I find this:

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

© 2018

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