Despondent and listless, going from day to day—with an “Alleluia” here, and “Glory be to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit” there: have you wondered what an elderly person sitting in a wheel chair in a nursing home or at home would feel like? My husband has a very bad back, and deals with constant pain, has limited mobility and may someday end up in a wheel chair. As I watch him in his sadness, and see him loose interest in any daily activity because of this type of life, it also starts to rub off on my behavior and mental attitude. The struggle to keep your spirits lifted up, and be happy when you know it is hard for him to be happy—Oh God help us. I believe in healing, but I also believe that God knows best for all of our lives, and I must trust in Him. I also believe that all happens as a part of the whole plan for our salvation. How you spend your eternity is more important than how you spend your daily life on earth. He will discipline those He loves, and He will patiently wait for the job to be done that needs to be done before taking you off the cross you are on.
One of my latest blogs was “Soaring like an Eagle” and it comes back to me today like ‘bread casted on the water’ to remind me –on eagle’s wings you rise up, by resting on the thermal winds of the Holy Spirit. I am not in this boat alone—people everywhere need to hear God’s words of comfort and encouragement. Therefore, life must be experienced with its trials and struggles, with daily problems to be overcome. We must flap our wings to get off the nest and fly on high.
“Be my Psalm Say-er” was His Message to me three nights ago.
“Psalm prayer, Lord?”
“No, Psalm Sayer. Speak My Words to them.” Then He led me first to send by ‘text’, a Psalm to someone I knew who was down and discouraged from a bad experience he had just gone through. It was Psalm 27—and this Word went forth and did what it was to do. The recipient was so grateful; he posted the Psalm on Face book, stating it had really helped him to read it.
The same night I called two people I love dearly and asked them to give me a number between 1 and 150. They did and then I read those Psalms to them and added the message that God spoke to my heart that they needed to hear from those Psalms. Before the phone conversation was over they were both ecstatic over how great God is!!
The next day, two more friends were asked the same question and again the number of the Psalm had a powerful Word for them that their hearts needed to hear. One, Psalm #7 was given to a pastor in Kenya, who both he and his church needed to be reminded of God’s reassurance of protection from the enemies. More and more the Words of God become alive to us daily, as we encounter what was spoken of back then. I Thank You, God for this new way of sharing Your Words of reassuring Love!
Little did I know then why He was giving me this new 'teaching', and how He was setting me up to help me. Tonight, after a very eventful day, it was Psalm 34 from today's readings-- that ‘sayeth’ to me what was needed to be heard, and touched my heart like a kiss from God.
R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor..
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
For you see, I needed that Word from Him after being involved in a car accident that totaled the car. I failed to see a car coming down the street as I crossed it. “How could this happen, where did that car come from?” It really traumatized me more for I started to doubt my mind, and maybe 'it is not as sharp anymore.'
More than the accident though, was the reminder that at any time unexpectedly---your life can change dramatically! More and more we need to say—“My Jesus, I trust in You”—or “Bless the Lord, oh my soul!” At all times and in all situations we say thanks and praise—or we die a slow death daily in despair from lack of faith and hope in His love for us. Well, “I did not come this far to give up---Satan get thee behind me as I Bless the Lord and praise His Holy name! As I wait three days for God to finish the job started in this phase of my life, I will give thanks to Thee!”
What a story that will be—to be continued.