Thankful for This Moment

There’s plenty of things about this morning that cause my head to spin and my heart to feel weak.

On my own…………

today would be impossible,

tomorrow terrifying,

and yesterday pointless.

Thank goodness, God knew He couldn’t just create us and then slip away, hoping we’d figure things out and make it through this crazy life alone.

Thank goodness, He created us for more than just the pleasure of seeing what He could do with His mighty power.

Like any other artist, composer, or creator of something new,

He fell in love with His work.

We, who are made in His very image, matter deeply to Him,

and He loves being intimately involved in every second of our journey on this planet.

He walks ahead of us, behind us, with us, and beside us.

He literally hems us in.

Psalm 139:5

You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.

As the psalmist soaked in this reality, he was overwhelmed.

Psalm 139:6

 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

This morning, we should find ourselves overwhelmed with nothing less.

Stressful job?

He’s right there.

Struggling marriage?

He knows every detail.

Terminal illness?

He’s holding your hand.

Consuming grief?

He’s cradling your heart.

A huge decision looming?

He’s already ahead of you making a way.

Difficult relationships?

He’s been there, and He understands the pain.

The devil would love for us to feel alone in our struggles.

He enjoys watching us try to carry everything on our own and come up short.

He thrives on our despair.

He laughs at our anxiety.

He smiles at our sadness.

He relishes our moments of loneliness.

If you feel robbed, the enemy is involved.

If you feel you have no hope, there is a mastermind behind your hopelessness.

But, even on the worse today, we have a reason to feel thankful.

In this very moment, no matter how bleak,

we have a reason to praise the One who gave us life.

Because NO MATTER WHAT,

He is there too.

And He is greater than the enemy or any obstacle in our way.

We can run from Him.

But we can’t hide from His love.

The psalmist came to this realization as he reflected on God’s love, and he was overwhelmed with thanks.

Psalm 139:7-18

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. 

When I awake, I am still with you.

 

My head is spinning this morning,

but when I stop and soak in the reality that I am not alone,

I feel peace.

I find so many reasons to say,

“Thank you,” in this very moment.

I hope you will too.

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