Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Throwing in the towel…
“Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God!” (Psalm 43:3–4, NLT)
Life is difficult! I don’t know about you but for me that is an understatement. Please don’t get the idea that I have fallen below the positive/negative line because I haven’t. Nor am I looking for sympathy. But the reality of life has hit me right between the eyes. In less than a week I have gone from being totally free, or as free as I can be to total dependent on oxygen. I know it was coming but I didn’t think it would be this soon. Anyone who is living with something for which there is no cure will know what I am talking about and where I am coming for. Why am I telling you all this? The answer is simple I want to tell you a Love Story, a Love Story between God and yours truly.
I have been doing a lot of soul searching since my last visit to my pulmonary doctor and I have concluded I need to “throw in the towel” I thought I’d done that years ago when I gave me life to Jesus but I guess hiding way down deep I have kept a few particles of my DNA for myself. I know I’ve written about being totally dependent on God and now I am eating crow, yet my crow dinner has come to an abrupt end. According to my pulmonary doctor I have lived beyond the life expectancy of someone with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis so the way I see it I have been Living on God’s time and therefore it’s a good idea if I throw him my towel. And the God I know not only gathers thrown towels but he replaces them with a greater portion of His Life.
This morning’s Psalm for me is a Light at the end of a long dark tunnel, that is no longer dark, illuminated by Jesus. When you put the words of Psalm 43:3-4 with Jesus’ promise, “…I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12, NLT) One of my favorite hymns we sing at church starts out like this: “My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation, I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.” If you’re not familiar with it I suggest you check it out here: https://hymnary.org/text/my_life_flows_on_in_endless_song.
It feels good to throw my towel because he replaces it with the Joy of the LORD!
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” **
Grace and PEACE,
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**Psalm 27:14, New Living Translation