I was basking in the thought of a day without a lot of appointments or errands. I have a list of things to do, but knowing I had time to start on them felt good. Then, I started to feel "directionless".....I don't know if that makes sense, but I started to feel paralyzed about what to start with. I'd already done some devotionals this morning. I don't have a study that I'm in right now so I'm doing lots of "mini" devotionals. I am used to spending a good deal of time in the Bible for a study like when we did Armor of God, so sometimes without the actual direction, I don't know where to start. But, somehow when I sat down to start work on my business plan and following up with my people, I felt no umph. Lackluster, or something close to that.
I sat there thinking "Lord, where would you have me start?" The thought popped in my head, Psalm 23 and Psalm 91. Ok, I'm pretty sure I know those are familiar psalms, but for some reason I still wasn't positive of what they were. Plus, I'd already done my devotionals for the day....more? Yes, most obviously yes :)
Psalm 23 is, of course, the very familiar "The Lord is my shepherd" pslam and that always does my heart good.
Psalm 91 is also familiar, and I think the one that my friend memorized, but man oh man. Now that was the lackluster buster for me today! :) I underlined the following verses and then recalled my dream last night.....
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (remember yesterday's email message about being in the shadow of His wing?).......
He shall cover you with His feathers (Lenora's signature line in her emails)......
No evil shall befall you.....
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone....
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.
Last night, either as I drifted to sleep or during a dream, I saw angels protecting us from many things. It was incredibly comforting. I read this verse and marveled at how God has set His angels charge over each of us.
Did you hear that? Because we set our love on Him, He will deliver us!!!! Not because we did everything right. Not because we are perfect. Because we love Him. That's it.
How in the world did we get a God that is that gracious and loving? I have tears running down my face and I can't even fathom how much love He has for us. Lucas read in our devotion on the way to school today the verse about how long and high and deep and wide is the love of God.....why do I ever question what He is doing? He loves me. He loves you. He put His angels over us. We have all we need.
My friend is going through lots of unanswered questions with the health of her kids. They have a rare, unresearched genetic thing going on. She doesn't have answers but she knows that so far they are healthy despite this strange health issue. I was thinking about that. It's harder when it's your children....we go into protection mode always. But God still knows far more than we do. As my husband said, science can open the door enough to peek in, but we still don't know it all.
Thank God that He does. May His peace overtake us and bust out anything lackluster or worrisome.
Blessed Tuesday to you!