O Lord, thou has searched me and known me! Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up; thou discernest my thoughts from afar. Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou dost beset me behind and before, and layest thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Thought for the Day: Who has been God’s gift to you as you have gone through life?
Emotions come over me often as I think of God and how He is my Lord and Savior, He is my beginning and my end, and He is my Daddy. I shared with my husband recently that there are two main times I cry. One is when I get overwhelmed by our circumstances and I look at myself as a teacher without a teaching position. It seems unreal for me to be in that situation realizing how much I love teaching but knowing God has not let that door open for me yet. In each process, I am told how well I have done in interviews, but the position has eluded me. I then hear from someone later that God had protected me from situations that would be difficult either for my family or for me. I also get emotional when I feel God’s presence so strongly that there is nothing for me to do except cry with joy. God has given me the greatest gift of seeing Him every day in scriptures, devotions, nature, my children, my husband, and almost everywhere I look. There is not a moment when I look around and I am not thankful for where He has placed us. This time has brought me into a closer relationship with Him and I am overwhelmed with His presence.
God knows me, and He has known and loved me even before I was born. God also knew the hardships I would go through in this life so He put the exact people in my path to help me through each time of grief and fear. As a child, God gave me two parents who, although they had fearful times with handicapped children, gave me love and the knowledge of the Love of God. As a young adult, God gave me my college friends who surrounded me with love as I felt my first strong time of grief in my life. As a young widow, God gave me my husband’s parents and moved my parents near as I grieved and tried to live life without him. He also gave me dear friends who were present for me through that time, not because I called them but because they loved me enough to be the presence of Jesus. As a middle-aged adult, God gave me a new husband and children to fulfill the love my heart needed and that love carries me through every day. As I find myself now toward the end of middle-aged, it has finally happened. Although friends are many and I am loving old and new friendships, God has given me the knowledge of His presence. I walk alone and find myself alone a lot, but I am in His presence and I feel Him walk along the path with me. I believe that is an ultimate gift, to know God and to feel His presence even when no one is near and when life is unsure. I know God is with me, and that knowledge is overwhelming, so I cry happy tears.
Prayer: God, thank you for knowing what we need at any moment in life and bringing it to us. Although we did not recognize those gifts were from You at the time, we can look back and see how they fit so perfectly in Your plan for our lives. Be with us today to acknowledge those gifts but then to find the place You want us to be gifts to someone else. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those looking for the presence of God.