Does Anybody Really Know Me?

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Return of the Flock” by Anton Mauve (19th Century) From the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
     Why do we feel alone?  Does anybody care?  Does anybody understand what we are going through?  Where is God in all of this?
     In this life, we often feel that people really do not know the “real me”. They know our superficial self, but they do not our real person. We go days on end feeling as though we are an unknown cog in the wheel of life. What does God say about this?
     “He calleth HIS OWN SHEEP BY NAME, and leadeth them out.” (John 10:3) What a comforting thought! Our Good Shepherd knows us! In God’s eyes, we are not a number, but we are the objects of His love! He knows what we are thinking. He knows our sorrows and joys. He knows our defeats and victories. He knows our loneliness and confusion.
     His knowledge of us is based on His love and His commitment to take care of us. For this reason, He is there to take us by the arm and say: “This is the way, walk ye in it.”  (Isaiah 30:21) God knows us intimately and He knows the pathway that is best for us. Not only does He show us the way, but He walks with us as we travel the path that He has laid out for us.
     As Christ’s sheep, we do not have to walk alone. Jesus knows us and He knows the way! The question is: “Will we travel with Him, as He leads us each day?”

“Thou Art With Me” (Comfort from God)

IMG_7512 FOUR VERY COMFORTING WORDS! “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.” (Psalm 23:4)

The valley of death is a place of fear, anxiety, loneliness, vulnerability, and doubt. When David wrote this Psalm, he knew that whenever he faced danger, the Good Shepherd would be with him to provide for him and protect him. Are we alert to the presence of our Good Shepherd whenever we enter the deep valley?

1. When I am lonely, thou art with me.
2. When I am discouraged, thou art with me,
3. When I am without hope, thou art with me.
4. When I am sick or facing death, thou art with me.
5. When I am confused, thou art with me.
6. When I am lukewarm spiritually, thou art with me.
7. When I am facing a trial, thou art with me.
8. When I am being tempted, thou art with me.
9. When I am sorrowful, thou art with me.
10. When I am rejected, thou art with me.
Let Jesus walk with you today, no matter what you are facing.

“Thank you, Lord, for being my Shepherd. I know that your perfect love casts out every fear in my life. Help me to be alert to your presence at all times. Too often, I focus on my circumstances instead focusing upon you as my Good Shepherd. Your presence gives me hope in despair. Your presence gives me the strength to go through whatever valley that I may enter. Thank for your constant presence in my life. Amen”