Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Genesis 43:16-34
Morning Psalms: Psalms 75, 76
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 7:10-24
Gospel: Mark 5:1-20
Evening Psalms: Psalms 23, 27

DEVOTIONAL


“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Psalm 27: 14

I recently received a small plaque that I placed next to my morning coffee. It states: “Good Morning, this is God…I will be handling all your problems today.” The person who gave it to me knows that, whether in marriage, raising my children or generally living my life, it is easy for me to become discouraged. My husband, for example, would come home and unexpectedly say, “Well, the job situation has taken another turn.” And off we would go, moving to a new city, or accepting that he would have more business travel, or dealing with an unforeseen revision to our summer vacation plans. Yes, there have been times when it was hard for me to keep the faith, to believe that I could weather the storm of change.

At such times, I wanted to believe that I was in control, and I wanted things done in my time. Often my first response to a challenging situation was to charge ahead, respond with anger, and think it unfair. Eventually, though, I realized that sometimes those challenges are the little wake-up calls -- when God is whispering opportunities for change, opportunities for growth.

So when I’m faced with life’s challenges, I pray that I make time to listen, spend time on reflection, and wait for the Lord’s whisper. That is vitally important. To keep it all in perspective, I will remember to pray the powerful verses of Psalm 23:

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.….”
Amen.
JL


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