The well-known Twenty Third Psalm starts out:
“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
It occurred to me one day that this text could mean that the Lord provides ‘green pastures’ for me to lie in or he has provided green pastures and ‘makes me lie down in them.’ I have determined in my case that he ‘has to make me lie down’ in the green pastures because otherwise I would probably not do so. I have important things to do like watch the Weather Channel, water our tomato plants and read some stuff and check for texts, peel an apple and such.
It has also occurred to me that unless I lie down in the green pastures it is rarely possible to proceed in this Psalm:
“He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness.”
To skip the green pastures reveals why there is a loss of quiet waters, restored soul and right paths.
Maybe I should start my new book: “Lying about Lying in Green Pastures.”
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Jesus