He makes me lie down in green pastures… (Psalm 23:2 ESV)
Healthy sheep need green pastures to feed and rest on. There, they find food, comfort, and rest so they are able to get up for the next journey. There is a lot of desert in Israel and the pastures usually exist in patches on hillsides, typically surrounded by rocky terrain. The sheep alone cannot find food or a resting place unless their shepherd guided them.
The same can be said about us as humans. For God called is human sheep of his pasture and declared that he is our God (Ezekiel 34:31). He wants us to rest in him and depend on him, and gets all the glory for taking care of us. When he makes us lie dow in green pastures, we should take time to be still and reflect on his goodness and majesty. Our world is full of rough terrain and he is the only One who can meet all of our physical and spiritual needs. He is our refuge and shelter, our safe place when we need him to defend us from our enemies.
We teach this to the orphans in Chiapas because they view their living situation as hopeless and without purpose. They are filled with insecurities thinking that nobody wants them and their value is only found in evil exploitations such as sex trafficking and violence. They need to know that they have a perfect, heavenly Father and a compassionate Savior in Jesus. He led them out of a wilderness of chaos and placed them in the safety of Casa Hogar Alegre. This place is their green pasture for a season where they can learn more about the Lord and have rest from an abusive world.
Today, we began our fun activities: water balloon toss, chubby bunny (a game where we see who can stuff the most marshmallows in their mouth and still speak), Bible study, and free play. The smiles and laughter broke the dullness of heart that the devil tries to create within them.