|Sunrise Across the Arizona Sky|
“Lord, order my steps today. Make me strong, not for the sake of possessing strength, but to make me sufficient for the crisis moments in my life and in the lives of others who reach out to me.”
These words inscribed on a tiny, glossy strip of card stock sit on my placemat at the kitchen table. Each day I have the opportunity to read these words and be reminded of how much I need the Lord’s strength to get through every moment of every day.
But I had not read those words for several days. When the crisis slammed into my heart yesterday, I curled up into a ball wracked with anger, hurt, and hateful thoughts. I wondered how I would make it through the searing pain. A pain so intense there seemed to be no HOPE for escaping it.
Friends and fellow believers sent their heartfelt prayers to the throne of our merciful, gracious, and strong heavenly Father. His arm stretched down through the glorious morning sky and lifted me from my bed of pain and set my feet on His path. He poured forgiveness into my soul. With His shield He protected me from the onslaught of the enemy and my own thoughts. Music filled with worship for the One who loves us poured into my heart and eased the pain.
How could such a change come about in just an evening? Only the Lord could perform such a work in answer to the prayers of His people.
“The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is My God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:1-3 New King James