An Unarticle

Shepherd CaressThis isn’t what I’d planned to publish today. There’s an article sitting in a folder all proofed and ready to go. But I can’t publish it, yet. You see, the problem isn’t with the article or what it says. I’m not afraid of what people would think if they read it. Nor is it a difficult truth that could divide. It’s a rather simple article about maturely walking with people in honesty and truth. The problem isn’t with the article it’s with me.

I won’t publish the article because I feel that I need to walk it out first. Maybe those of us who are preachers, teachers, and writers should more often take the time to walk out a truth before we preach, teach, or write. So maybe, hopefully, the article sitting in my Ready to Go folder will someday come off of the shelf and onto Lambchow. But, not yet.

I don’t want to leave you today without some encouragement and nourishment for your faith in Jesus. Consider these words from the David –

I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1–3, NASB95)

Sometimes the only action we are to do is to wait patiently. Everything else that follows in the Psalm. Being heard by God, being lifted from the pit of destruction and despair, being removed from the slippery clay pit to step onto solid ground, having a new song to sing, and having others see what God has done for us, these things are works of God. Our part is often to sit, wait, and pray. It may seem like inaction; like we aren’t doing anything. Maybe that’s the point. To remind us that Jesus is our shepherd, and we are simply and joyfully sheep in His flock.

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Dale Heinold

Dale lives in central Illinois with Betty, his wife of 37+ years. He has a theology degree from Oral Roberts University. Dale works full time as an IT director for a local school district. He sees his writing as a ministry and hopes that you were blessed, challenged, and inspired by this article and lambchow.com.
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3 Comments

  • Nancy Graf

    Thanks Dale. Really great as usual. May the Lord of all bless you abundantly today.

    (Ed Note: this comment is in response to the article Overwhelmed)

  • Bertram Uzonwanne

    I sincerely, appreciate your words of admonition.It touched me to bone marrow because of how I presently feel about my circumstance.With this I now say it is well.

    (Ed Note: this comment is in response to the article Overwhelmed)

  • IF ONLY WE COULD SUM UP THE COST OF A JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN, THEN WE WILL HAVE TO EAT AND DRINK THE BEST OF OUR STAY HERE ON EARTH BY LOOKING ONTO THE ONLY ONE( JESUS).

    (Ed Note: this comment is in response to the article Overwhelmed)

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