This morning we had a very refreshing and grace-filled staff meeting. We prayed, sang, and shared our burdens together in a way that brought us all before the cross in a very real way. Praise the Lord for His Spirit’s presence among us. I needed it this morning (is there any morning when I don’t need to be reminded of the cross?). This morning, I was filled with anxiety about my arthritis, our money (lack of…), my relationships, and my own faith. I needed to believe the gospel in this moment to return to a Spirit-led perspective of these things. I’ll share a few things that hit me.
There’s a line in “Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right” that says “His hands can turn my griefs away.” I am more aware these days of references to hands because my hands are constantly on my mind. I was encouraged to look to the strength of God’s hands and not my own. His hands are my hope and not my own hands.
Later, Mike Parker read this scripture:
I love you, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I was filled with love for my Lord. He has been my strength. When I am weak; He is there to support me and give me strength. He is my rock of salvation and refuge. These days, I can choose to build my house on the sand (money, health, skills, worldly wisdom, etc.) but in faith, I must build my life upon the solid Rock. We’re going to buy a house this month, and I ask that you all pray for us to “build our house” or out our faith not in the shifting sand, but in the Lord.
When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
When I need a shelter
When I need a friend
I go to the rock.