Things clamor for our attention. At the best they are distractions, at the worst they are devastations. We are sometimes drawn away by our wants; at other times our worries dominate our thinking.
We are in Beaulaville, NC where the remnants of Hurricane Florence litter the landscape like wind-driven snowdrifts. FEMA trailers sit alongside empty houses as people anxiously anticipate returning to normal life. 165 days have passed since Florence came ashore.
Just like people here must do, you and I must determine where our focus will be. David faced the same dilemma.
Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. (Psalm 26:1-3, ESV)
David chose to focus on the steadfast love of the Lord. You can too. We walked into the house yesterday to begin work. Not far from the door, tucked in between the 2x4s, was this:
Are you trusting in the Lord without wavering? Is his steadfast love before your eyes? Or do your problems loom so large you can’t see Him? Perhaps you’re wondering how, in the middle of the trouble you’re facing, you can put “his steadfast love before your eyes?” David explains:
I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. (Psalm 26:6-7, ESV)
Take a few moments to…
- Confess any sin (wash your hands in innocence)
- Thank God (out loud!)
- Tell somebody (all God’s wondrous deeds)
It’s an honor and a privilege and a great joy to serve along side this group of Godly men and women. We get to share the great message of hope to the hurting and see their hope being restored.