Tough day today. DH and I spoke and he sounded terrible. He was full of fear for his health. I didn’t know what to do.
Do I fly home (from my new job where I am daily working very long hours which is necessary as I start up)?
Do I stay put and wait and see – while calling in friends with medical skills to help?
I did the latter and he’s feeling better, plus seeing a Dr tomorrow.
Today’s Psalm encouraged me this morning, and again tonight:
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart…
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever. Psalm 111: 1a, 3-5 NIV
I see in this Psalm that I need to give thanks even in this shaky situation, that He is always gracious and merciful, that He will provide for our needs.
Verse six struck me in particular. It says: “He has declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.”
This verse speaks of God giving Israel the Promised Land.
My Old Testament professor once pointed out that the physical conquest of the Promised Land has a New Covenant parallel in our gaining souls for the New Jerusalem. He uses us to attack sin, turning slaves of sin into children of God. And our work extends beyond Israel to the Nations.
Here’s how I felt today. God has put me in the position to extend the Gospel offer to women of all nations through our organization’s ministry (well, the US and some 60-odd nations, but all kinds of women).
He provided prayers and friends today to take care of our family so that I could stay here and do the job – to give God the heritage of women from the nations.
Hey, maybe it’s a stretch. But that’s the way I read it!
Thanks, praying and helping friends. Thanks, God. Amen.
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 45:1-46:13, Psalm 111:1-6, Proverbs 26:10, Galatians 5:1-26. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)