Monday, November 12, 2007

Necessary Perspective

I am still struggling with practicing the presence of God--really experiencing Him--in the midst of my "real life." I know it was not an accident that this is where I opened my Bible this morning during a stolen moment while the children were coloring.

Psalm 139:1-22 (The Message)
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.

I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight.
You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can't take it all in!
Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you're there!
If I go underground, you're there!
If I flew on morning's wings to the far western horizon, You'd find me in a minute— you're already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I'm immersed in the light!"
It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.
Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I'll never comprehend them! I couldn't even begin to count them— any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!

Thank you, God, that I am not forgotten while I am in the trenches of upset tummies, early mornings, middle of the night wakings, squabbles, runny noses, PBS Kids, laughter, crayons, fingerpaint, bedtime battles, chicken fingers and imaginary play.

Even when my daily life distracts me from my focus, you never ever let me out of your sight.
Oh, how I love you, Lord!


Pam said...

Great reminders. Have a blessed day, dear one.

Courtney said...

one of my most favorite sections of scripture since i was 12

Sun said...

Needed this today - thank you! Sunshine

melissa said...

great selection of Scripture - God knew what you needed at that time! Just as he knows the plans of each of our always amazes me!