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Wednesday Devotional: When Something Dies

Psalm 23: 4

My life is changing as something dies, and something new takes its place.

Following my own advice in my forthcoming book, From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone: How Jesus Urges Us to Take Leaps of Faith for His Kingdom, I'm moving from a comfort zone to a trust zone, starting over in an important aspect of my life. As a result, something that has been very beautiful for me is dying, and something uncomfortable but welcome and exciting is on the horizon.

Seasons change in our lives. Difficult as it can be to move on, we can step toward greater levels of service and faith when we do so. Whenever change confronts us, we can take comfort from Psalm 23 ("The Lord is My Shepherd" psalm), especially verse 4:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

In my present situation, I am not taking the word "death" literally, but seeing it as a metaphor for something that is dying and leaving my life. In such a situation, I am guided by the Good Shepherd who is always with me, in life, in death, in life beyond death, and in every little "death" that life brings about.

May we always cling to the Good Shepherd as we go through every season and choose to enter His trust zone.

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