“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.” Psalm 28:7 (NIV)
I sit down and sip my early morning coffee. I am preparing to spend time with my Lord. But right now my heart is bogged down. It is not leaping for joy, or singing a song. I am so weary from our move. The summer heat and humidity increases my pain. And I am concerned… OK, worrying and fretting. I will go ahead and admit it! Our move cost us money. In this economy we had a pay cut. My two kids are off to Bible College. How can we spare the extra they need for books they will need, or even catch up on our own finances?
OK, calm down I chide myself. I cannot change the state of our finances; but I can control my fretting. I can choose to trust the Lord. I can slow my mind down and ponder the ways God cares for me. I remember this promise. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
So I will look to Him and praise Him. In so many circumstances of our lives He has met our needs in amazing ways! Even this move was a miraculous blessing. And from our new home I see beauty and the wonder of His creation from just about every window.
As I sit at the breakfast table, the sky is pink as the sun rises over the hill across the way. Puffs of fog hang low in the valley around the house and cornfield on the other side of our rural road. I smile as I watch baby finches sing and flit around their feeder. The air is crisp with a hint of fall, and the grass looks like the dew is tipped with frost.
This is my Fathers world. So big and beautiful! The Psalmist writes, “When I consider the heavens, the work of Your finger, the moon and stars which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him.” Psalm 8:3-4
Lord, You created the rooster that crows behind our neighbor’s house. I see a deer family walking so gently across the tree line behind our house. There are rabbits that chase and play leap frog all over the back area. There is even a bunny that wiggles under our fence and wanders up close to our deck. It is a beautiful world! And I rest in the fact that the same God who formed the beauty around me, created me. He knows how my body hurts. He cares that I am worried and afraid. In Psalm 139 we are promised that when we are in pain, or fatigued, or afraid, He hems us in behind, and before and lays His Hand upon us. Psalm 139:5
I think of one of my favorite hymns. “When morning guilds the skies my heart awaking cries, may Jesus Christ be praised.” Yes, Lord, I trust and praise You.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra Platt lives in Southern Indiana and is a Pastor’s wife and mother of two wonderful kids in college. Her hearts prayer is this; “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
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