Thursday, October 4, 2012

Flat or hilly?

Psalm 31:9-16

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,[a]
    and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,
    “Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
    and plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.

This past weekend our family took a trip back to Illinois on a whim. Lately we have been a bit homesick for our friends and our church. So at 8:04 pm we packed up an overnight stay of clothes and out the door we went. We pulled into our cousins house at about 2 AM EST. As if you really cared to know the times. It was a great trip in a couple of respects. I am reminded how beautiful Ohio is compared to flat Illinois. But I am also reminded me nothing in life is easy or flat like the land. Life is hilly full of ups and downs much like where we live here in Ohio.

This past week has been stressful to say the least. I think the trip back and hearing our pastor preach on what to do when trouble comes your way and there is no way out. If I remember right, you bear your soul to the Lord, then ask what to do, then trust, and then believe. That was something my wife and I needed to hear to be prepared for this week. I wouldn't say trouble has come our way, more like stress. All the little stresses in life and some decisions have seem to come our way. What do we do? Well in the past a fight would have happened and out the door one of us would have gone. Now that God is in the center of this marriage and family, a solution is sought from the Lord. My wife and I do a pretty good job of telling him our hearts. We wait sometimes patiently and sometimes not so patiently. But we know all in all the past nine months have been full of God things. So why would the little or big answers we need not be a God thing? 

The above scripture has been my prayer this week and was in my devotions today. All the stress is adding up and it feels very much lately like there is no way out. Much like David felt when he wrote this. But the answer is very simple. We should and need to realize that our time is God's and his timing is our timing. All things work together for his good and Glory. So What choice do we have? Sit, tell God our concerns, wait, trust, and do what we are told. 

Where does this play in the spirit of this blog? Look at the past nine months of the blog. Everything is a God thing up to this point. Everything will continue to be a God thing. That will never change in this family.