‘I Shall Not Want’: My Autumn Kansas Commute With God

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

The Lord Is My Shepherd”(Rutter) The Cambridge Singers

This time of year, the morning drive from Kansas City to Atchison, Kansas, via Leavenworth, is full of beauty. The later sunrise provides diverse colors and hues that paint the sky in a special majesty. The ground fog in the stillness of the day is a frozen moment as I whisk by a field where crops have been picked. Sometimes, the fog shrouds all things as you cross the Peace Bridge over the Missouri River into Kansas. To me, it is a visible sign of God’s reminder of our will being turned over to Him, but with tender love and mercy.

John Rutter’s version of the Twenty-Third Psalm played in the background as my emotions were touch in countless ways this morning.

I was (happily) forced to pay special attention to my surroundings as I traversed the roads with dozens of other drivers, some headed to their duties at Fort Leavenworth, others, to their duties at the Federal Prison. Others, like me, had a moment’s diversion in their travels to parts known only to us.

God’s handiwork is ours to accept or reject. The key, to me, is we have that choice. We can be bathed in the experiences provided to us each waking moment, or simply fall in line with daily drudgery, not sure what we are to do.

The signs are before us. We are alive, we seek God’s will. He rewards us with our own “verdant pastures”, our own “still waters”.

He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Lord, I promise to look carefully, and thank You for the gifts of those I love, for my wonderful students, great colleagues, the entire Benedictine College community, for all the foggy mornings and starry nights in my daily journey, as well as cloudy days and those times of rain, and of tears.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Michael Throop