‘ The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.’ Isaiah 58:11 NIV
There are certainly days when I lean more towards the sun- scorched land and the bubbling spring is nothing more than a mirage taunting me in the distance. You know those days, nothing seems to be going right! The universe is sinisterly plotting against you, cutting you off at every turn. In surrender, you throw up your hands. It’s just going to be one of those days ! Giving defeat the upper hand.
How did I begin the day….was He my first thought, my first conversation ?
Guaranteed my to do list and yesterday’s challenges and failures slipped in ahead of my time with Him.
He promises to give me the strength to last the day, the energy to face what-ever and wisdom to choose wisely.
So if you are having ‘one of those days’, it’s okay to throw up your hands, not in surrender to defeat but in declaration of His goodness, soaking up his life giving water that never fails to quench and sustain , and tomorrow…dive into His presence first.
‘Prayer is to the spirit what breath is to the body. We treat prayer as though it were the spice of life, but the Bible prescribes it as a vital staple in our diet.’ -David Hubbard
‘You will show me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forever more.’ Psalm 16:11 NKJ
Sometimes the path before us appears to be overgrown causing our way to become obscured and unclear. We stumble around in the scrub trying to clear away a direction of our own, wasting time only to find ourselves hopelessly lost.
God promises that He will direct us upon the path of life. We simply need to be still long enough, practice patience and lean into His presence in order to discern His voice.
As our eyes and ears are opened, our hearts quickening to His Spirit, emerging through the obstacles of life, His way becomes evident. It is in the contentment of resting securely in Him that His voice becomes most audible.
‘ That is God’s call to us- simply to be people who are content to live close to Him and to renew the kind of life in which the closeness is felt and experienced.-Thomas Merton.
Take some time out today, step out of the scrub, into the clearing and rest in Him.