O Lord, thou hast 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.
Thought for the Day: God loves us and knows us – He holds us close and knows the future for each one of us.
Goodness Gracious – Early on this Thursday morning, I arose very early not able to sleep. I have tossed and turned, I have fixed my morning coffee and have had a cup, I have checked Facebook messages, I have opened the bedroom window – and shut it quickly as the temperature outside is in the 20s, and I have read my devotional. As I pulled out my computer to begin writing, I thought, God what are you wanting me to do right now? I looked down in the corner of my computer screen and there it was, today’s date. There it was, my reminder of an anniversary – an anniversary that comes every year and an anniversary of something very hard. Twenty-two years ago today was my husband David’s car accident. When he left for a jazz rehearsal, I didn’t know it would be the last time he walked out of our house and the last time I would see him full of life and full of hope for the future. I didn’t know that 36 hours later my life would stop at the moment he went on in peace to see God. I didn’t know that I would need to lean on God in a way I had never leaned on Him before. I didn’t know.
But God did – God knew my future. God knew and in time, much time, I found that God had walked before me setting the stage for a bright future as I continued teaching, as I dated and married another wonderful man – Mark, as I learned new skills that led me to new possibilities, and as we adopted two remarkable boys. God knew that after Mark’s and my parents passed away that David’s mom and dad would become our children’s grandparents. Today, I find myself once again not knowing what my professional future holds. But, today, I am aware that God has been with me through every heart ache and through every pain. God has been with me through every surprising joy. God was with me when I lost the love of my life and He was with me when I found my new love of my life. I am thankful today for the love God has shown me every day. As my devotional read a couple of days ago: Thank you, God. Today I thank God for the future He is working on for me.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for loving us and bringing Your plan for our life into the light. Be with us as we go through the day to recognize the blessings You show to us and the blessings we do not see. You know our every need, every struggle, every joy, and every moment. Help us learn to place them all in Your hands knowing You have each of us near to Your heart. Amen.
Prayer Focus: God knows the plans He has for us.