2015-09-14 - Never Alone
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
I look forward to the weekends. For this weekend my daughter was invited to a classmate’s birthday party. We also planned to go to church, make a video phone call with Grandma, and hopefully rest somewhere in between. Things did not go exactly as originally planned. I did not account for my husband to be gone, practicing his plumbing and carpentry skills.
We had recently moved and our previous and now vacant home had a maintenance catastrophe. The toilet was leaking into the crawl space which meant my husband’s top priority would be to get it fixed.
He was disappointed he couldn’t join us at the birthday party, which consisted of a tour of the local fire station followed by cake at the park. I was disappointed also, but my reasons were less than noble. I was having a hard time not resenting the fact I’d being handling parenting duties solo this Saturday and Sunday.
As my daughter and I waited at a stoplight on our way to the party, I said a quick prayer that God would protect our journey, give her daddy wisdom, and to be my guide. After I said Amen, I realized it wasn’t just me and my two-year-old in the car. God was with us.
There is no room for grumbling, complaining, or worry for the Lord would be my company and helpmate. For Psalm 121 says God is with you and me. He watches over us. He understands the details and circumstances we find ourselves in. God fills that empty space.
As long as I focused on the Lord, the close connection to Him flowed into the time with my daughter. Coloring, reading the same stories, and changing training pants did not feel as much a chore but a privilege when I altered my attitude.
While my husband was free of toddler demands and tantrums, he had a lot of hard work ahead of him. He was making sacrifices as I was, just different ones.
Days later, the bathroom had a new, updated tile floor and working toilet. My spouse could hang up his tool belt proudly.
The plans for the weekend weren’t what I expected or hoped, but they showed me that God’s strength is always available when I seek it.
Lord, I have been letting my feelings dictate my moods and attitudes. Instead, may I take a step back to see things differently. I rely on Your perfect view. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.