Friday, July 2, 2010
As We Wait
You hem me in- behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:1;5
In years past, waiting has been hard for me. About the time I think I have learned patience, I find myself in a situation that tells me I am still human.
When I find myself in the hurry up and wait mode, I feel frustrated. When I feel this emotion, I react to issues and events because I find myself under stress. I can make myself sick from dwelling on the problems at hand.
I know better than to get myself upset. But I have to remember my humanity. During these times, I can be very high strung. Add to the mix one husband who can be more high strung than I and we have the makings of a disaster.
I found myself reading a book, called “My Heart Remembers” by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Throughout the story the scripture, Psalm 139:1;5 came into focus in the lives of three people, two sisters and a brother, separated in childhood.
Their story simply stated tells of the oldest child, a girl, looking for her younger brother and baby sister for 17 years.
The story ends happily. Along the way all three have made commitment to the Lord. God leads them to the same town in Missouri. The baby sister meets a young man and his family and works for them in their store. The brother takes a job as a sheepherder in a ranch near the town. The older sister has spent the majority of her life traveling the nation as a photographer’s apprentice and then a photographer. She is searching for her siblings all the while.
Now, the fifth verse speaks to me. The Lord God surrounds us with His love (hems us in). He has His hand on us. He knows when we face difficulties in this life. Our redeemer keeps us strong. He draws us close to Himself.
As a human being, I forget these aspects of God’s watch care over me. As a child of God, I am very thankful for His presence, His precious, loving, presence.