Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday Mornings

It was Monday morning after a weekend of activity and company--26 of us, give or take--and the alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. I was not happy.

Stumbling downstairs to make coffee, I turned over the verse flipchart above the sink, "Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Ps. 23:6).

Initially, I scoffed. "Yeah, right, like this is what goodness and love looks like. It's early and I'm tired." Then (fortunately) the Holy Spirit kicked in. "It doesn't say, 'might' follow me all the days of my life, it says 'surely' will."

"And it says, 'goodness and love' will follow me all the days of my life.' This is a day in my life, so goodness and love are following me whether I feel it or not." I began to count God's goodness and love to me in that moment, on that Monday morning, and I actually stopped before running out of ideas. It's true, God's goodness and mercy are following me all the days of my life.

Hope isn't a flowery thing. Hope is bedrock solid. Hope is built on truth. Hope is steadfast and sure. God's goodness and love today give me hope that the rest of the verse is true as well, "and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." If I run out of ways He has shown me goodness and love, I can certainly start thinking about dwelling with Him in His house forever. Each of those words, "dwelling," "His house," and "forever," could fill a heart with hope, gratitude, peace, joy, and praise.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.
Even 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 overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. (Psalm 23 ESV)


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