Today has been the kind of day that makes me stop and realize what I take for granted. Like a pharmacy that has insulin. In stock. Suddenly health and freedom take on new meaning. God has provided, as always, like in the story of the widow of Zarepath, with her handful of flour and jug of oil. We have what we need for today. God has asked me to trust him with tomorrow, as was the case yesterday, too.
And so it was that when I cried out to God for help, I caught sight of the dawning day; the lush greenery lining the expanse behind our home, beckoning. An invitation, whispered, "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy burdened". So I put on my running shoes and entered the great unknown. Up the hill, and down again, throwing off the heavy mantle of burdens, working to walk free. And a prayer filled my mind, as many cares poured into His heart. Needs and worries, medical issues, prescriptions, and gaping needs flowed beyond my own capacity. I laid down my desire to control, and climbed into His limitless provision.
In that moment a life prayer breathed through me:
Oh, Amazing God, I marvel at the delicacy of your wild creation. Mere words cannot contain your Glory. Explanations from man cannot touch the vastness of Who you are. Wild, but good, Tender and fierce, Mighty, but yet you draw close. You hold me and I am saved, broken and made whole all at once. The beauty of nature is a reflection of your majesty, O Creative One, the blazing sun a shadow in your light. All sufficient, you are Enough for today and every tomorrow.
Teach me how to turn away from every fear and discover peace in You. Teach me how to connect with you through this day and allow your soothing power to permeate into every hidden place. You have shown me the way to freedom; teach me to remain in the only grasp that sets me free.
I call to the Lord for help and from his sacred hill he saves me. In the cool of the day he walks with me, and in the fiery heat, as well. I have determined to trust in him, he will never fail to provide- above and beyond my needs, and my little boy's too!
The Lord hears his people when they call to him
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted (and the stressed ones too)
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.