“O my soul, come, praise the Eternal with all that is in me– body, emotions, mind, and will–every part of who I am– praise His holy name. O my soul, come, praise the Eternal; sing a song from a grateful heart; sing and never forget all the good He has done. Despite all your many offenses, He forgives and releases you. More than any doctor, He heals your diseases. He reaches deep into the pit to deliver you from death. He crowns you with unfailing love and compassion like a king. When your soul is famished and withering, He fills you with good and beautiful things, satisfying you as long as you live. He makes you strong like an eagle, restoring your youth. –Psalm 103:1-5 (the Voice translation)
Sunday is a great day for quiet reflection– A time to take a break from our work and those burdens on our mind. A time to center our attention on God and who He is. When I think about all of the emotions I feel in one day, such as yesterday, I’m almost amazed, and yet, a day later, I realize that I cannot trust them, ever-changing as they are. I also see how God brings hope and healing to press on.
Yesterday, I didn’t plan on feeling so sad to the point of tears, yet it was there, again. I felt a little frustrated and perplexed– that I found myself at this point again, “Why am I so overwrought, Why am I so disturbed? Why can’t I just hope in God? Despite all my emotions, I will believe and praise the One who saves me, my God.” –Psalm 42:11 (the Voice translation). I realized later, that I was again feeling the emotional pain, processing it, on the road to healing.
Going through a divorce, and for me, a second one, has been devastating. It’s a process that affects my heart, hopes and dreams on so many levels. Mix in a heaping dose of rejection, and it makes a menacing brew of sorrow for one woman’s heart. I reached out to a friend of mine going through the same thing and she encouraged me and said she’d pray for me. One of my children who saw me sad, hugged me and showed tenderness towards me, and before long, hope and light began to spring up in my soul again. By the evening, I was enjoying cooking with one of my daughters and spending a calm evening out in God’s creation.
So today, on this quiet Sunday morning, I reflect on who our great God is. We all have struggles, pains and sorrows. You can insert your own in place of mine. Together, on this Sunday, we can rest in who He is and praise Him!
“The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.” –Psalm 29:11 NIV
I hope you will take time to rest and reflect on the LORD today.
Thanks for reading,