As I sit here with my computer opened before me, I wonder what to write. I wonder if others are experiencing the same feelings that plague me. I wonder if I should expose my inner thoughts. I wonder how to make a difference in the lives of my readers.
And then my mind starts to wander. I wander off the path of peace into the forest of restlessness and discouragement. I wander through the weeds of purposelessness and depression. I consider if I am bored or if I need a new challenge. Wandering in circles, I arrive back at the path and continue in a forward direction.
These forays into the wilderness come with annoying regularity leaving my heart heavy, my spirit tired. Perhaps you are familiar with these wanderings. Life is hard. Jesus said it would be (John 16:33); he didn’t want us to be surprised by it, so he told us in advance (John 14:29).
I cannot believe I am the only one. But you see, that’s the oldest strategy in the book. Isolate and then attack. I fear exposing my weakness. I don’t want to tell you I am not okay because maybe I am the only one. Today I am going to operate on the knowledge that I am not the only one. I believe there is at least one other person who would benefit from a little help along the path.
As I sat with the Lord, he brought me to two scriptures. Isaiah 40 is a powerful passage about God’s care for the people he loves. I recommend taking time to read the whole chapter this week. The other is Psalm 147. Also a great psalm to read in its entirety sometime this week. But no worries if time doesn’t allow. I will include a selection from both chapters in the posts this week.
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.Isaiah 40:26
He counts the stars and calls them all by name.Psalm 147:4
As an act of worship today, spend a few minutes outside looking at the stars. Can you count them? Call them all by name? Allow God’s great power and strength to wash over you. How do you need to experience that power and strength in your life right now? Name it and then hold it up for him to carry for you.