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Friday, April 15 2016

 

In the Place Just Right

Alicia Taylor
 
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, 'tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, and when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'twill be in the valley of love and delight."
 
One of our congregants posted a quote on Facebook this week that I think is relevant and worth sharing - "Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place."  As I read that quote, I was reminded of this simple song and thought to myself "perhaps even the place just right."
 
How many times in our lives have we prayed for God to make clear a path for us?  We look for an open door to walk through, a lightning strike to show us the way, or a definitive answer to an earnest plea.  Even when we feel we are stumbling, unsure of our next steps, the good news is that God is with us wherever we go, guiding our feet, and walking alongside us each step of our journey.
 
Consider a portion of Psalm 139.  "Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the Heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."
 
Oftentimes we are able to see God's perfectly orchestrated plan only in hindsight.  We struggle with the puzzle pieces, attempting to force a fit, even when the cut of the angle is wrong.  But we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
 
Like a loving father, God offers us a hand to hold and will lead us where we need to go.  Of this I am certain.

Prayer for Today

Lord, we thank you for orchestrating a plan for our lives.  Help us to hear your voice and to know that place just right that will surely lead us to the valley of love and delight.  Amen.

Posted by: Alicia Taylor AT 07:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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