I don’t know about you, but when I left my house after 8am the weather was ah-mazing! It’s starting to feel like fall… until the sun makes its appearance and takes away this feeling. Oh well. I realized just taking a deep breathe and just coasting on the 20-minute commute to UNF and listening to K-Love (88.1FM) I realized life is good. I know I’ve been complaining lately (read my previous posts) and wanted to remind myself for the future and you that life is a treasure. We can either see the glass half empty or half full. We can choose to see a diamond in the ruff or a rose among thorns. You get the idea. (:
My morning devotion consisted of random versus along with Aaron Austin’s Bible Challenge. What spoke to me the most was Psalm 107: 4-9
4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
I LOVED and NEEDED to read this. For those who know me well, I love to love through my heart, passions, and feelings. This can he hard in a tough and jaded world, that often leaves us wanting more and more until we realize what we are thirsty for doesn’t satisfy us. I am not going to lie, I took a “break” from God and thought I could wander along and find contentment and ended up more lost than when I started my journey. It was only about a short while, but long enough for me to realize God is the one who fills me up with his unfailing love. He knows where we are headed even when we cannot see two steps ahead of us, all we have to do is take the first step toward him.
10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,
prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands
and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
and cuts through bars of iron.
No matter what burdens we are carrying, he can carry that weight for us through his unfailing love. I’ve been trying to find my way in this world through the darkness, and all I get is God’s voice leading me to one more day. Do I know what tomorrow or next week is going to look like? I sure don’t, but instead of dwelling on it and trying to make it my own path, he reminds me to slow down and bask in what he has to offer me: his love and promises. Shouldn’t that be enough? (As I said before, we all want more out of life.) I know I am in a good place with my internship where the first day just felt refreshing. Do you know the quote:
“When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.”
Isaiah 44: 21-22
21 … I have made you, you are my servant;
Israel, I will not forget you.
22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.”
Once again, we can always go back to his will, ask for forgiveness, and be redeemed. We are human and far from perfect as God knows this his promises are still available to us. I encourage you to look beyond what we see in front of us (the despair, anger, whatever you are going through) and consider saying a pray for God to reveal what is keeping you from His promises for your life. It was humbling to see I had a skewed view of my future when I was working out of selfish gain. I pray this encourages and touches your heart as it has mine.