Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 5, 2019
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7
During my twenties, like many young people, I moved often. I lived in several different states and many different apartments. After four years of living in Houston, Texas where I was an elementary and junior high art teacher, I decided to quit teaching and move back to my hometown to be near family.
I realized that teaching just wasn’t my thing. I love kids and by nature, I’m an encourager and peace maker. So, the myriad of discipline problems every day wiped me out emotionally.
Then, there was this thing . . .no matter where I lived as a single woman, I always felt a little like an orphan. Certainly, the Lord was always with me. But because I didn’t have family nearby, I sometimes spent Thanksgivings alone and I spent sick days alone. I shopped alone. Sometimes went out to eat alone, and handled car, home, and financial emergencies alone. And, sometimes I just needed my mom!
One day, after I had lived in Houston for three years, my car broke down 10 miles from my apartment. I realized that if something happened to me and I needed serious help, I didn’t have anyone I would have felt comfortable calling.
So, because I didn’t feel that teaching was my thing, because I was lonely, and because I wanted to live near family again, I packed up what I could fit in my little red Honda, and gave everything else away.
After closing the door on my apartment for one last time, I stood and looked around at my neighborhood. Goodbye Texas heat, Texas bugs, and goodbye teaching. Hello, family and Idaho and all that was familiar.
Even though I was glad to go, all of a sudden, I felt lost. Sure, I was going back to family, but here I was again. . .moving. Would I ever have a place where my heart could rest, a place to call home?
In that moment, I said, “Lord, I just don’t know where I belong.”
Then, I heard that gentle, comforting voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to me in my spirit: “You belong with Me.”
Thank you, Lord, that no matter where I go, no matter what happens in my life, or how unsteady the ground underneath my feet seems, you never leave.
He is your solid rock, your constant companion, faithful friend, and loving Lord. And no matter where you go, you can never get out of His hand. He is always with you.
How glorious He is!
“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14).
Lord, thank you that you are always with me and that you will never leave me. Thank you for your comforting presence. I love you. Amen.
Create a timeline of your life on a piece of paper and mark the moments or seasons when you clearly sensed that the Lord was with you. Spend time reflecting on memories of His faithfulness, then praise Him!
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