A week ago, we were on our way to South Carolina for the main purpose of hearing our son Nathan’s piano recital. We stopped in Virginia for a short visit with Tom’s family and then arrived at our destination on Friday afternoon. After a wonderful visit (and AWESOME recital!!!), we drove the twelve hour trip home on Monday.
Before we left, I knew that I would be substitute teaching Tuesday through Friday, and I did my share of worrying before we left – wondering how I was going to survive! I know many of you work full time, but for me, it overflows my plate. (Plus – do you remember what YOU used to do to those subs?! STRESS!)
Why can’t I simply trust the One who created the universe and keeps every star and planet in place, to order my days according to His purpose? He knows what I can do and not do. He is completely aware of my shortcomings and limitations; although, at times I do believe His opinion of my abilities is too high!
And now for the rest of the story: what did my gracious Father do? He sent a snowstorm Tuesday night and Wednesday which delayed school by two hours; and today is a half day! God is SO good!
Remember, dear reader, remember! Psalm 143 starts out with David’s reminder to God that his enemies are getting the upper hand, and his reaction is so similar to ours today: “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.” (v. 4) We cry and complain, moan and groan…even whine a bit. We remind God of all our troubles – troubles that He has directed our way – as if He didn’t know what is going on in my life!
Oh, to be like David! He remembers: “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” (v.5) Remember past victories and lessons from the Lord – they are the stuff that keeps us going! They build our confidence in God and give us the courage to trust Him!
Again, David says it so well: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8 And just in case you don’t get it, he says it again with even more emphasis: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (v.9)