Psalm 139:14-16

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well.

15 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,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
       All the days ordained for me
       were written in your book
       before one of them came to be.

hide and seek

Thank you, Lord, for seeing my unformed body.

Thank you for seeing the unformed bodies of all mankind,

and for doing something very special while we were still being made.

Your Word says that while we were being “knit together,” You were busy ordaining all of our days – before even one of them came to be.

I believe this and I cling to this, because it gives me courage and hope.

When I lean on this passage just as the little girl above leans on a tall and towering tree, I feel your strength.  I feel your protection knowing that nothing in this world can change Your Almighty Ways!

I can rest, Lord, knowing that NO MATTER WHAT I face or my family faces or my friends face, You are there.  You’re not surprised, not rattled, not shaken, not confused.

I can hide in Your sheltering wings, because I have never been hidden from Your presence…ever.

Lord, there are so many things in this world that make us want to run and hide.

Thank you for being with us even in those hiding places.

And, Lord, for me right now as the one-year anniversary of temporarily saying “good bye” to Nick approaches,  I find great comfort in knowing that you ordained every single one of Nick’s precious days.

You were not surprised when he had to leave us here.

It is almost as if I can hear you whispering to him when he was still deep within me, “You’ve got thirteen and a half years, Nick.  Live them strong!  Live them for Me!”

And Nick did!

Lord, help me to remember that my days also are numbered and ordained.

I want to live them all for You in a mighty way.

If it is eighty years or if it is just forty-four, help me, Lord, to live them strong and live them for You and You alone!

In Your Son’s Precious Name,