“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for though art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
I was running through the fields today and stopped to take a picture of my long journey with no one there. I was not afraid of my surroundings. I knew God was with me. I was enjoying the sunlight, sound, solitude and serenity. Yet in all of this I always feel this heaviness pressed upon my heart where my soul just cries out. I begin to feel this absence where no one else can fill but him. The tears sting my eyes and I feel all my soul shake at the hollowness that was left there. I ask “Why do I still feel this, Lord. Can’t you just take it away.” But even in that I know the answer already. It is always going to remain there. That place will only be filled by God now and forever. That is the place that was taken so that He could remind me of everything else I tried to do to fill it. It is not meant for anything or anyone else to fill but Him. Continue reading “The Soul Cries Out”
Have you ever asked God why He called you? Maybe you feel inadequate or unqualified for the assignment. You may think that you are not fit for the role of leadership, that you don’t meet all the criteria, perhaps too young or too old, inexperienced, something damaged or this constant struggle in life and don’t feel quite ready. I am sure that David must have felt the same way in his walk. I am sure that he did not feel as qualified to do anything most days. But David did have the characteristics for great leadership even during the most agonizing, stressful and weakest points of his life.
1 Samuel 22: 1-5 states “David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those that were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him; and he became their leader! About 400 men were with him. From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me? So he left them with the king of Moab and they stayed as long as David was in the stronghold. But the prophet Gad said to David “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.” Continue reading “God Chose You”
Spring has arrived and we are springing forward in life. Yet in all of this we will experience some “rain” in our lives. It may feel bad, look bad and cause us to shut in but this is GOOD for us because it allows us to replenish. So take the time within, during this rain to cover yourselves with the umbrella of God’s love and seek His strength. We go through so many instances and occurrences in our lives and we hope for a better day and hope for some “spring” in our lives. We long for some hope, some light or some release. We have experience here in New York such a long winter waiting for spring to arrive. Now the date indicates that spring is here but it sure doesn’t feel or look like it at all. We know it is here but the cold of winter does not want to let up and it keeps trying to drag it’s way into our blooming season of spring. And so the trials of life that we experience seem to be that same way, don’t they? What should we do?Continue reading “A Little Rain Never Hurt Anybody”