Have you ever swung in a hammock? I know, relaxing in a hammock is an acquired taste, and at first I wasn’t convinced either; but when I learned to trust the fabric and rope, and allowed myself to fully relax my stabilizer muscles, I found the secret and was sold! The more you tense your muscles, the more unstable the hammock feels. I was thinking this is very similar to our life with Jesus. The more we fuss and fight and resist what he asks of us, the more unstable and anxious we feel. But when we learn to trust him completely, and let our muscles relax by casting our cares and concerns on him; we will find that even in the midst of the dark valleys and troubling times of life, Jesus is our peace. He upholds us, comforts us and refreshes us.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.