DAY 43: “Post Christmas Unwind”

“A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. Jesus is our Good Shepherd.”

Well, you made it… It’s the week after Christmas and you don’t have to think about it for another 361 days! It’s time to do the “Post-Christmas Unwind!”

“What is the “Post-Christmas Unwind,” you ask? The “Post-Christmas Unwind” is simply that: an unwinding of all the hustle and bustle, the scurrying and worrying, the feedings and the frenzy of the last few weeks (or months for some of us). We start winding up before Thanksgiving, sail all the way through Christmas and forget to come back down to normal after it’s all over. We carry all of that into the new year and then, somewhere in the year, wonder why we are stressed out so early. Oh yeah, we forgot to hit the reset button!

Psalm 23 is one of my favorites in the Bible. Most people know it as a funeral Psalm, but it is really talking about the Lord, the Shepherd of His People. David wrote this Psalm, and it celebrates the God who provides for his followers’ needs like a shepherd tending his sheep. A shepherd tends his flock, nurtures his flock, and sees to it that they are always taken care of. Whatever they need, he is there for them. A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. Jesus is our Good Shepherd. As you read Psalm 23 today, let Jesus the Good Shepherd speak to you in a new way. He wants to help you unwind from the Holiday Season and reset, so you can enter the new year fresh and ready to go!

PSALM 23

– “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Shepherd means pastor. It means to feed, guide, and shield from harm. Want means lacking nothing, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and He wants to do all of that for us.)

– “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” (Notice the word “makes”.  If He used the word makes, there must be times when He needs to make us lie down in green pastures.  Maybe, like after Christmas when we need to hit the reset button?  Green pastures are always fresh and tender.  If you need some refreshing, He is it!)

– “He leads me beside still waters.”  (Still waters are restful. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and He can calm the waters with one Word!)

– “He restores my soul.”  (Our soul is comprised of our mind, our will, and our emotions. We need daily restoration, renewal and refreshing. This can only come through abiding in Him.)

– “He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” (As we walk in right-standing with Him we bring honor to His Name)

– “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”  (He doesn’t say “if” I walk; it says “though” I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We tend to get stuck in the valley, but the GOOD news is that we walk THROUGH the valley we don’t stay there!  Jesus, the Good Shepherd is leading us through and out to the other side!)

– “For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (God will never leave us or forsake us. His rod is protection. The staff is guidance. The key to provision is in the presence of God Joshua 1:5-9)

– “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil.” (Wow, just think about that! God has already prepared an amazing banquet for us in the presence of our enemies. That is because with God all things are possible! The enemy is defeated, and the party is on — let the celebration begin! He also anoints our head with oil. That kind of oil is the perfumed oil kind. It shows favor and hospitality. We have God’s favor and excellent hospitality!)

– “My cup runs over.” (Over means overflow. It is not just full, it is spilling out over the top of the glass and running over! Blessings and favor too many to contain!)

– “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” (Look at the words “surely and all”. Surely means that it is for sure, and all means all!  It means that God’s benefits, generosity, grace, favor, and unfailing love will follow us and chase us down all the days of our life!).

– “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Dwell means to settle down and remain. Through the length of our days the house of the Lord and His presence will be our dwelling place.)

We can have trust and peaceful confidence in Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Expect that He will care for you. Rest, knowing that He will refresh you. As we unwind after Christmas He will comfort, nourish, and protect you like a shepherd with His sheep. So, take a breath and let the goodness of God wash over you! May your cup overflow into the new year and beyond!

Shalom,

Mama Swan