"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 guide me along the right paths for his name's sake." (Psalm 23:1-3 NIV)
This is one of those passages we all know by heart and can probably say without even thinking about it. But herein lies the problem--- we say it without thinking about it! When I flipped to it today in my Bible, I noticed I'd written the words "not for me" in the margin next to verse three. This place where I dwell with the Lord is lush and green and quiet. I am happy and completely fulfilled, but I am not on my own path. Nowhere in this do we read that we chose the the path and the Lord, the Shepherd, is along for the ride. No, the Lord is leading and it's all for His sake, His plan, His glory.
The only place we can truly find peace is in His pastures and on His path. Have you surrendered or are you a sheep trying to lead your shepherd?