It was on this day one year ago that I rushed back from vacation because of a family emergency. Before that phone call, I had enjoyed several days in the mountains, often relaxing by the fire and reading and journalling through Scriptures. On the plane, I opened my Bible to the bookmark among the sleek pages, and I continued reading, reflecting, and claiming God’s promises, jotting notes in the margin. Among the chaos and uncertainty, I found the familiar peace of God’s presence.
I find it as no coincidence that I am revisiting those same pages one year later, perhaps a reminder of God’s peace and presence. In that year, everything has not worked out “my way.” Yet I trust God more and know Him better.
And I thank Him for the reminder of the following verses I highlighted that night on the plane:
Lord, hear my prayer; let my cry for help come before You. Do not hide Your face from me in my day of trouble. Listen closely to me; answer me quickly when I call. (Psalm 102:1-2)
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live. May my meditation be pleasing to Him; I will rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104:33-34)
My heart is confident, God; I will sing; I will sing praises with the whole of my being.(Psalm 108:1)
The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate. (Psalm 116:5)
I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and put me in a spacious place. The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is my helper, (Psalm 118:5-7b)
Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on Your commands. (Psalm 119:66)
Let my cry reach You, Lord; give me understanding according to Your word. (Psalm 119:169)