Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It is easy to get the order wrong. I often respond to life with an attitude of “I better take it into my own hands...” and make a clumsy effort to make my circumstances line up with my limited view of what is important in life –and end up running around trying to put out fires of miscommunication, patching up the results of my errors, and plugging leaks of energy. At other times I act as though God’s times were in my hand. Then I relegate my Godly connection to glossing through a reading, attending a church service or shooting arrow prayers up to heaven at intense moments of the journey. I need constant reminders that my times are in God’s hands; that no matter what pandemic assails us (me), whether the virus of Covid 19 or the germ of incessant materialism and self-centredness, God’s mercy can rain down on my heart, mind, soul and strength to give life and light and even through the end of this life. When will I remove the umbrella of my own self-centredness to allow the mercy of God to water my being? When will I relax into the fact that my times are in God’s hands? Holy Spirit of God, remind me that my times are in your hand.
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. (Psalm 31:5)
Lord you have my heart,
And I will search for yours,
Jesus, take my life and lead me on…
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.