On our retreat we learned the reason for the distinction of quiet waters. For there are treacherous waters nearby to be avoided. The sheep don't know the difference. They only know they are thirsty. They will drink from the wildest of waters. But the Shepherd knows.
Have I mentioned lately that it's been winter here? Yes, it has. How is it that all these trees can look so completely dead for so many months, and then in only a week's time spring back to life in all its glory? They have literally been storing up life, in order to be restored.
I can get so down on myself when my soul feels barren. But I have discovered that barrenness can be a clean slate. There is so much of God that I do not see. The best way to get a better look at something big is to take a step back. I do not like the feeling of that space between myself and my God. I do not like the fact that the appearance of the new facets of him that I had not seen before make him somehow unfamiliar.
But when the unfamiliar settles in, I love the new perspective, and the sense that I have grown. I love my Savior with more of my mind...and my heart, soul and strength follow.