He knows…

Tonight just seems like a good night for reflection on truth.  Some things cannot be explained.  Some things in life are hard.  None of it takes God by surprise.

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

While we were celebrating with friends and family this weekend, I learned of the passing of Gracie’s preschool teacher.  She lost her fight with brain cancer at an age that is much to young.  She leaves behind a husband and children and other friends and family who knew and loved her.  Another friend lost her son in the prime of his life on the same day.  Words cannot even begin to make sense of these losses for these families.  As I’ve pondered all the things that go thru my mind to say, I realize how trite and cliché some of them sound at a time like this.  I realize how easy they are to say when I am not the one reeling from these losses.  BUT, I know One who is never trite or cliché who does know exactly how to comfort and heal these broken hearts.  I know One who WILL walk with these friends thru the days and weeks and years that are to follow.  I know One who sees the beginning and the end of each life and knows exactly how those lives and events will mold and shape each of us.  I know One who can make sense of it all.

Tonight I send prayers up for these families and pray they feel HIS arms around them and guiding them thru the days ahead.  I pray we each take the time to hold our friends and family close and never forget how precious time truly is.  I pray we laugh more, love more and make a difference every minute that we are given.  I pray we never take our days for granted.  What I wouldn’t give tonight for one more smile from that teacher as she inquires about Gracie.  One more chance to tell her what a beautiful soul she was.

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