Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; he led them by a straight way, till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men. For he satisfies him who is thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.
Thought for the Day: Where is God leading us home?
December 27, 2017! Today, I found myself reading a devotional about moving to a new place. As I read The Upper Room Devotional about a family moving to a new town, my mind went straight back to our situation only a few years ago. Our situation came in such a way that hurt, and totally came from somewhere we never imagined. But, then, we realized that God was closer to us and our situation than we had ever felt before. During our time of grief over a great loss, we found ourselves falling into the arms of God. We found ourselves loving our time with Him. My husband began reading daily, for many hours, “Jesus Calling”. The stories in that book hit home as he read about others who have found peace through Christ. I heard him say on many occasions, “God gave this to me today!” I, one day began writing. “What? Writing? Me?!” In the depths of our despair, I found myself wanting to share an experience I had as a teen with a teen going through a similar situation. Next, I found myself saying to God, “I promise I will try to write every day!” “What? Writing, Me?! – Everyday – What?!” Between my husband’s realizations that God was with us and was taking care of our needs, and my new love of writing, we knew God was with us. We had ups and downs…many downs, but that knowledge that God was there walking beside us made them a little better to deal with.
Time has passed now, and we now find ourselves in the place where God has led us. The road has led us “home” in a way. The road led us through the wilderness of loss and grief. The road led us through self-change in our relationship with God. The road led us through searching as we asked God to lead us to the place He wanted us to be. The road led us through acceptance that God was changing our thoughts and desires from where we thought we would be. The road led us to something better than we ever imagined – All we had to do was let God take the reins and lead us.
Prayer: God, thank you for being as close to us as our next breath, even when we don’t feel you. You are the one who leads us through the wilderness to the place you want us to call “home”. Help us each day to recognized you are near, and help us let you lead us through. You are our guide, our friend, and creator. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Finding Home