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Enjoy an inspirational devotion each day of the year from your favorite Daily Guideposts authors! With insight, transparency, and authenticity, these reflections explore what it means to live a godly life of purpose. Each meditation relates faith to practical everyday life and includes a short Bible verse and a brief prayer. Also features scriptural and topical indexes. 384 pages, hardcover published from Guideposts, Copyright 2012.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.... He leadeth me beside the still waters.... I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. - Psalm 23:1–2, 4
My wife Beth, our son Jodie and I were on vacation in the mountains near Lake Lure, North Carolina. One day while we were hiking along the banks of the Broad River, we stopped to gaze at a series of small rapids cascading down to the lake. Suddenly I looked upstream and saw a mother mallard duck and five ducklings approaching the swirling rapids. The ducklings seemed like puffs of fluff, too fragile to negotiate the dangerous waters.
As they approached the rapids, the mother duck scooted in front of the ducklings and they swung behind her in single file. With determination, she led them over the first drop, watched each of them disappear underwater and bob to the surface, and then herded them to the shoreline and calm water. After a few minutes rest, she led the ducklings back into the swift current, down the next rapid and back to the safety of the still water. Slowly they made their way downstream, one challenging descent at a time.
That mother duck and her obedient ducklings have become a spiritual symbol for me. They remind me of the way God leads me through turbulent waters. When I’m anxious or afraid, I’d like to remember that God is in the river with me, guiding me over the rapids, one challenge at a time, and on to still water.
Lord, when the currents become treacherous, remind me
that You are with me, guiding me toward safety and rest. Amen.
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