Saturday, June 9, 2012

Greeted by Gift of His Word

I had been anxious in the days leading up to this particular day; a day that held possibilities unknown, yet potential for exciting new ministry endeavors on the horizon.  To say I was nervous was an understatement.  I rested well the night before this day of meeting.  The morning, however, began differently than most others.  Typically, my mind is consumed with thoughts of tasks, deadlines, and to-do's.  Before I can even open my eyes, my brain is in overdrive as I think of all the demands that greet me each day.  

Yet this day was I began to rise from my sleep, my heart was filled with eager anticipation for what the day held and and my mind was clear.  I felt a sense of peace as I transitioned from restful sleep to a refreshing morning.  I find it hard to describe, but the next thing I know I experienced an overwhelming sense of comfort and these words echoed in my mind:  "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way that I should go, to you I lift up my soul."  I repeated these words to myself until I was fully awake and then realized the value of this gift of His Word.  I knew these verses from previous Bible study, believed they were from Psalms, but couldn't recall the reference.  More importantly, I knew they were words for me ~ for that particular day ~ straight from Him.  

Even though I had already known the significance of His Word, this sacred experience was an epiphany of sorts for me.  You see, I usually rise up each day and have to get myself into His Word.  This day, I arose and His Word had already gotten into me!   Might we be so consumed by Him that His Word be the last thing on our minds as we rest at night and the first thing we think about as we awake each day.  

As the day drew on, I reflected on those words, His Word, over and over.  Father, you are unfailing. Lord, I trust in You.  You will show me the way.  I give this all to You.  I went about my day, doing the tasks that He had set before me, attended the meeting that I had been anxiously awaiting, and carried on with a refreshed perspective of all that He had set before me.  His Word truly is a gift; a gift to receive, embrace, and to share.  

During my ministry related lunch meeting, I shared this story of how I started my day.  I then took out my tattered bible and found these verses in Psalm 143.  The 2011 NIV translation records these truths as follows...

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."
Psalm 143:8 You I entrust my life... may this be our heart's cry!  First, for the salvation of our souls and secondarily for each and every detail of our lives ~ even little ole' lunch meetings!

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