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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Right Behind You

Scripture to reflect upon for Thirsty Thursday: Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

Each morning we end up parched. Aching for something to drink. I know I do. It’s usually the first thing I do after I roll out of bed. I go straight for the refrigerator and make an iced coffee or pour a big icy glass of Cranergy.

The next thing I do is reach for God, because His mercies are new every morning. Sometimes I have a bit of a routine, but there are moments when God stirs things up a bit. He’ll see how much I’m enjoying my time of worship, and when I’m ready to turn off the music and dive into prayer, He stops me and tells me to keep doing what I was doing.

The other day I got up earlier than expected and God kept telling me to go watch the sunrise. I was feeling lazy and didn’t really want to go, especially since Jared was parked behind me and I would have had to move his car. I had posted a scripture on facebook and noticed someone had posted how gorgeous the sunrise was. God told me again to go and insisted that it would be worth my while. Instead I checked the weather app to see what time the sun was actually going to rise. I had nine minutes to get there.

As I made the turn towards the lake I noticed this gorgeous orange ball sneaking over the horizon. The first thing out of my mouth was, “God…you weren’t kidding! That’s amazing.” I parked right in front of the lake and watched the sun slowly peak out from a thin sheet of haze. When the sun was completely unveiled, God said, “That’s how it will be for you when I release you.” The sun was so bright and wide. You could barely even look towards the sky it was so blindingly brilliant.

I didn’t stay much longer after that, and as I drove away from the lake I noticed the sunrise was in my passenger side mirror. Just then God said, “I’m always here, right behind you.”

And I questioned Him, “Why behind me?”

“When you are sleeping and the world is quiet,” He began, “I am busy preparing the way for you. When the sun comes up, I don’t stand before you showing you the way; I stand behind you, protecting you. Guiding you. If I stand in front, ‘leading’, I can’t see you or watch over you. But because I already prepared each new day for you, I am always just behind you—never too far.” His steadfast love never ceases.

NOTE TO SELF: “I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake (to find myself) beholding Your form (and having sweet communion with You)” (Psalm 17:15, Amplified Bible). Everyday is a hopeful new beginning. He is faithful to quench your thirsty soul each morning (along with your coffee, too, of course).

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