Monday, October 15, 2012

comfort.

I have had a rough day. I promise there are many wonderful ones, but the rough ones usually teach me lessons, so that's when I share most of the time. I can't pin point one particular 'thing' that has made me down today, but there are multiple little things that add together to create what I'm feeling. It's a general feeling of hopelessness, but nowhere close to hopelessness - ha, now I sound crazy. If you understand what I mean, please continue to read. If not, stop now.

I decided that since it's a pretty day outside, the weather is wonderful, and I am in need of some endorphins, I would go on a post-work walk around my neighborhood. Well (as if it were some tragedy), I get dressed, grab my ipod and house key, and step out the door only to find that my ipod is dead. No battery. Boo! All I wanted to do was go on a walk, clear my head, and get the blood flowing to the happy side of my brain. I reluctantly resort to option B: grabbed the iphone and turned on Pandora.

I set out on my walk and instantly, the wind blew strong, the warm sun kissed my face, and the music on my Pandora station perfectly serenaded the dancing leaves I saw on my walk on this beautiful Fall afternoon. Peace. If that type of thing does not speak to your heart, then this whole post may not make sense. I was energized, completely at peace, and smiling in restful joy.

I walk in my door, sit down to untie my shoes, look up, and there's the poster we have up in our kitchen of Psalm 23:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." - Psalm 23:1-6
Let me now stop the story to say... the Lord is so good!  Who can comfort you better than the one who made you? That's where I'm going with this.. God is in the details. I may be wrong or crazy, but I know that the Lord was in the details of my ipod not working (thus directing me towards Pandora which had the perfect music) and in the details of me sitting down to untie my shoes in the exact spot to lead me to the poster (that has been up there since we moved but I never read). I shed tears of gratitude.

I don't know if the Lord has romanced you in that personal (so personal it seems weird and possibly like you're reading too much into it) way, but He totally can and does. We just have to be tuned in, listening and watching. Those moments are treasures to me and bring me closer to the heart of my Maker. So, at the risk of sounding weird, I wanted to share just one intimate moment to encourage you to tune in to find moments when He romances you.


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