My Bible study group recently discussed the power of memorizing scripture and then meditating on it. I decided to give it a try and made big plans to memorize something really great–Romans 12, say.

So, after a week or two, Thistle and I were walking in the woods and I figured I’d better just go with some scripture I already had in my head. Good intentions being what they are. The 23rd Psalm it is!

So I mulled over those lovely words, repeating them, turning them like hunks of quartz. And there it was. “He maketh me to walk in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil . . .”

So, if God is leading me down a specific path and then the very next line is about walking into the valley of the shadow of death . . . did he lead me there? Initially, that was a troubling thought. But the more I pondered, the more consoling I found the idea. Because if God is leading me into difficult situations that means he has a purpose for them. Plus he’s WITH me in them.

And I have nothing to fear.

Pretty encouraging stuff for my first attempt at meditating on scripture.