"he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake." (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Just take a moment and look at that graphic if you will. It seems peaceful when you look at the whole picture, but imagine if you were having to journey over and through those mountains. It is easy for us to look at a snapshot like this and assume that everything is beautiful. If you are on a difficult path, what you are going through may not be visible to everyone else. Are there loggers clearing massive amounts of trees just on the other side of the mountain? Perhaps nature is trying to recover from a recent wildfire that we cannot see. I’m not trying to talk in riddles. My point is that not everyone is okay. To the outsider, life may seem wonderful on the outside, but there are some who are going through hellish times. I’m so thankful that God is always with us. He is the only one that we can completely depend on at all times. He can restore our souls. He will lead us on the right path as long as we are remaining surrendered to Him. That doesn’t mean that life will be all rainbows and butterflies. Life will be what it is. What we can do is respond in a way that is honoring God. Take the Serenity Prayer, for example. "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." I try to remind myself of this prayer very often. Perhaps it could help you as well.
Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for loving us the way You do. I thank You that You are always with us and are close enough to our hearts to feel the hurts and pains we experience. I pray that we would come to know You in an intimate/close way so that we can finally begin to understand just how much You love us and how much more You desire to deepen our relationship with You. I love You, Papa. Amen.
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God’s grace on you…
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