In a culture that prizes self-sufficiency and rugged individualism, embracing our identity as God’s sheep doesn’t come naturally. However much we may value our personal agency, no amount of savvy can measure up against the kindest, wisest, most loving Being in the universe. Psalm 23:2 depicts the Shepherd God leading us, his sheep, to green pastures, quiet waters, and soul refreshment. That is the picture of the spiritual life – it is the ongoing process of allowing God to be our Shepherd. As we embrace our identity as God’s sheep and learn to recognize and follow our Shepherd God’s voice, we will be led to the deep soul refreshment and rest that only God can give.