1 Peter 5: 7: Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you. (HCSB)
Psalm 107:21: Let them give thanks to the Lord for His faithful love and His wonderful works for the human race (HCSB)
I couldn’t sit still long enough this morning to finish even one cup of hot coffee. I had to keep reheating it because I was so agitated that I couldn’t sit. Two months ago, I was so sure of what You wanted me to do. The path was clear, the light was bright, and I was ready for the smooth journey that lay ahead. Then I hit a bump, but You were there to give me the push I needed. Then there seemed to be a rockslide on the road I had been traveling so confidently. I couldn’t see around it. I couldn’t see over it. I couldn’t see You in what I felt was rubble. I definitely couldn’t see what to do next. I was so sure that You had given me this directive. I was so sure that I was following Your plan. I was so sure, and now I am so confused. I finally took my reheated coffee and did what I should have done much earlier — I sat down to not only talk to You but to listen to You too. I reached for the devotional book that was on the table, opened it, and read these words, “Rest in my love. Relax in my presence. Let go of what is troubling you. Focus on Me.”. 1 Peter 5:7 tells me to give You my cares. I recently heard a speaker talking about following You and not turning back. He said “If God gives you the promise, He will see you through to the conclusion.” Thank You, Lord, for reminding me that I don’t need to stress and worry about the journey because You care about the journey and You care about me. Psalm 107:21 tells me to give thanks to You for Your faithful love and wondrous works. Your eye is on the sparrow (Luke 12:6-7), so why do I ever think You would blink when looking at me? I waver and stumble, question the future and look back at the past. Psalm 37: 7 tells me to wait patiently. Henri J.M. Nouwen is quoted as saying “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” Thank You for Your direction, for Your patience with Your impatient child, and most of all that You always care.