I just finished a pre-surgical interview with a nurse from Inova Loudoun SC in preparation for a procedure I will be having in a couple of weeks (for a second time, I’m having a cataract removed and a lens implanted – pretty cool stuff). I wish I could say otherwise, but I am no stranger to hospitals, surgeons or anesthesia. In fact, this week marks the 6th anniversary of the first of two major gastrointestinal surgeries whose aftermath would, in the end, radically change my life. Consequently, my thoughts this morning are many as I look back over the physical and emotional roller coaster of the last six years, and at the same time, look ahead to what the Lord may have in store.
As I prayed this morning, I asked the Lord for a confirming word in regard to the many thoughts of my heart: “Lord where, when, what, how?” I seemed to hear nothing, but I was content in resting in the fact that God sees what I do not see and knows what I can not know. I was about to get up and get on with my day when a book I have been reading caught my eye. I picked it up and continued with the next chapter, which contained some journal entries made by Amy Carmichael on October 26th of 1915. (October 26th is an important date to me because it marks the day of my firstborns birth.) How blessed I was to read the following: “When decisions have to be made, don’t look back and wonder what I might have done differently. Look up and light will come to do what our Lord and Master would have you do. It may be that decisions which seem to change the character of the work will have to made, but if the root principals which have governed us from the beginning are held fast, there will be no real change. The river may flow in a different direction, but it will be the same river.”
(she concluded) “If you hold fast in all things that Christ, as Lord, shall have pre-eminence, if you seek His glory and His pleasure high above everything, and if you continue in His love – loving one another as He has loved you – then all will be well, eternally well.”
Indeed, I have heard from the Lord today! I pass these words along with the hope He will speak to you through them as well.
ps. Psalm 95 is on my heart this morning. Below, you will find a few verses that always bring me into an attitude of worship. I share them with the hope they will provide the same for you ~
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our God, our Maker! For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:1-7, esv)