My human nature likes no surprises (at my age not so much even "good" surprises) and calm seas, but my soul stirs and my trust increases when I seek God with more intentionality and focus. I'm working on doing that without actually falling down the hill before I remember "prayer, stceady with persistent" has most often worked better in my life than a too quick "Charge!"
So this verse is my joy today: “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3 (NIV) This promises to be a very busy few days and I am grateful that God always listens, slowly teaches me the skills and attitudes that make my life more content, purposeful and joyful as I continue to grow deeper in love with God.
God has been trustworthy in my life, not always giving me what I want or what I think I need, but always constructing walkways to guide me, vistas to renew and humble me, and blessings poured out to amaze me. So often things I struggled strongly against have been the pathway to the greatest blessings in the long run. It is just simpler to give thanks in all circumstances and start looking for the lesson, the blessing, the opportunity to serve, the transforming love of God even on what seem the darkest of times.
O mighty and everlasting God, You are infinite and I am so truly finite, yet You shine in my life, even when I am struggling against You. Thank you for being the God of 2nd (& 3rd & 4th, etc.) chances so I don't have to stay focused on my stumbling or falling, but instead can raise my eyes to You, confident that you are utterly, consistently able and willing to help me let go of all that keeps me from loving you fully. Send your Spirit that I might be renewed, restored and ever draw nearer to You, humbly and tenderly offering my hands and feet for Your use in service to Your other children. AMEN