Today we’re packing and tomorrow we fly to the other side of the world for another two or three years to continue with the work God has given us to help provide His Word for people groups that still need it.
A few years ago we were in this same situation. We were flying out of LA the next morning. But I could hardly face the idea of going for how many years, leaving all our family behind and whatever kind of “security” I might feel in my home country.
At that very time, God gave me this verse from Psalm 139.9:
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. (NIV)
This is just what I needed, and it fit our situation exactly—wings…dawn…far side of the sea…! The reassurance of God’s presence, guidance and protection is my security no matter where He takes me and what He allows to happen.
Psalm 139 is a great one to read on one’s birthday, as my sister suggested several years ago. I did this yesterday. That, together with a song I heard in the morning (“It’s so nice to get to know you as my Friend”) warmed my heart with God’s love in a special way on my special day.
In the Bible I’m marking up for my granddaughter, I made the following notations on this Psalm:
Verses 1-6 God sees and knows me completely. He is all-knowing. I must be transparent.
Verses 7-12 God is with me continuously. He is all-present. I am secure.
Verses 13-16 God made me marvelously and planned out every day of my life. He is all-powerful. I am special.
Verses 17-18 God keeps me in His loving thoughts and in His presence. I am overwhelmed!
Yesterday I cleaned a dirty window. This morning as I sit here and see the sun shining through that window, I’m horrified. What I thought was clean is really a mess of smears going every which way! Gotta work on that some more today. Apparently I’ll only know if it’s really clean is when I look at it again tomorrow morning in the sun’s pure light.
If the truth be told, I think I’m pretty good most of the time. But when I read or see the story of Martin Luther, for example, who was tortured by his many sins (in a monastery!), I wonder what I’m missing. Recently I read the book, “Respectable Sins” by Jerry Bridges. It’s like the sun shining through a window pane to reveal those usually-overlooked (by me!) flaws which mar the beauty God intended to be seen in me. God, please get out your Windex again. I want your Son-shine to beam through with no distracting smears in the way.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24 NLT