Updated: May 15, 2020
"The LORD is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth." ~ Psalm 145:18 (NLT)
Okay... I couldn't help myself. :) If you're of a certain age, you won't be able to help but have a song stuck in your head right now. No, it's not scriptural, but it is a little silly, and I'm quite sure when God created humans, He meant for us to enjoy this life.
The other day, I found myself having a Chicken Little moment. It felt as though the sky was falling. A massive storm was coming... an actual storm... that turned my workday on its head, I wasn't able to do the work I was committed to doing and needed to do. I had to step up and take care of something for someone else when I didn't feel like I could take care of what I needed to do for myself. The list of kerfuffles, complaints, and issues major and minor just kept piling on.
I was on the verge of tears and I couldn't get ahold of anyone. My friends and spiritual mentors were all living their own lives.
Driving down the highway trying to beat the storm, all I could think was "Ahh, who am I going to call?!"
And, I got an answer. A tap on the shoulder and the still small voice whispered in my ear... "What about Me?"
Oooh! Busted. And, utterly convicted.
Don't get me wrong, our earthly relationships are more valuable than I can possibly express in words, but how often do we do that? How often do we reach for the phone when we should be looking up? How often do we flail about, when all we have to do is remember Who should have our focus?
We're human. So, the reality is, we won't always remember to call on Him first. But, what if we work on doing it just a little bit more, day by day?
Maybe there's a memory trigger that has worked for you in the past.
As for me? Reaching for my phone to make a call, I'm trying to always ask, is this something I should be going to Him about first? That doesn't mean I won't phone a friend anyway. But, should I be seeking His wisdom, His council, His strength, His Peace, His presence first?
It seems like a good place to start, don't you think?
This specific prophecy of Isaiah is a much larger scope vision, but I think the same idea can be brought down into our own individual lives, because I believe He is there for us, and when we reach out to Him, He responds.
Perhaps the words of this beautiful poetry will give you comfort and assurance as you seek His face.
As you reach for Him, I pray you experience His glory, His splendor, His strength, and His Peace. May you be blessed by an experience of His presence, today and always. May you ever remember to reach for His hand and His guidance.
"The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. ... they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God." ~ Isaiah 35:1-2
"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." ~ Psalm 105:4 (NIV)
May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, friends... always, in all ways. Amen.
Bonus song of praise. ♥