Monday, July 14, 2008

Where Are You Looking?

Fourth of July was just a little more than any of us in my family planned on. So goes life. Then there was more drama Sunday evening which was unsolicited, unforeseen, and unrelated. Jeesh! No rest for the weary sometimes it seems!

It reminded me that we can not always anticipate and know what lies ahead. But, we are not left without a hope or help. These 2 different incidents were beyond my ability to patch together, in any sort of way. Only God could do it.

When you have one of those dark, hard hitting, sudden events that you are powerless to fix. Where do you look? Who do you call? I learned long ago that all I need IS my Lord. Only He will do. Ok, my Mama did call to chat, I confess, I did sob (something about Mamas!) I did say "Pray, pray, pray" (she's a great prayer warrior!)! But other than that, other than keeping busy from one day to the next, I just kept encouraging myself in the Lord, I kept praying. Throughout the time there was a refrain in my head - it was part of this psalm. It went like this "where does my help come from? My Help comes from the Lord - which made heaven and earth."

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Psalm 121
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

I thought I would share this because, trouble does come from time to time! But, we are not made to be vanquished, or to be ruined. God is near to hear and save. To give us strength, to give us grace, to renew our hope and vision. We are still moving forward from the two skirmishes, but we have come so much further-so much more gracefully than it looked possible a week and a half ago. And besides, my help comes from the Lord! So, I know at the end there is good!

Remember, when trouble comes, He is near, He is enough and He won't waste any pain, any tear if you will just trust it to Him as you keep moving forward.


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3 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Thank you dear friend for that great reminder. So sorry for whatever side swiped you unawares. Isn't it wonderful to know that it didn't suprise God and He has all yu need ready and waiting for the using to get through it? ...that He carries you as you go and answers before you call. Good to see you around again. Always in my prayers. Hgus to you!

Denise said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers my friend, be blessed.

freetofly said...

Leslie - Yes, He is sooo good to us! He is near! Thank you!

Denise - Thank you! :)

xoxo,
Maria

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!