The Secret Place
Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. (AMP)
As I sit in my office contemplating what I should write for the year 2007, I think back on the year 2006. I am reminded of the great journey I have been on. My journey began almost 3 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. At that time I felt my world crushing down on me but I knew God had a plan.
The Message Bible states in Jeremiah 29:11 below:
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
As 2006 came to an end I never questioned the plans of God. No, I am not some super saint who does not feel pain or fear of the unknown but God has placed me in His secret place. He has surrounded me with family and friends who love me and pray for me.
I began to experience a hunger for God like I have never known before. I did not want to just know about God but I wanted to know Him. I found out when you are faced with any crisis you will either get closer or get further from God. This crisis has brought me closer.
My desire for 2007 is to know Him more. My very being cries out to God with praise and admiration knowing that nothing will ever separate me from the love of God. I am persuaded like Paul was in Romans 8:38, 39.
The Amplified bible states it quite plainly:
38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Is it possible to have joy when each day may close a chapter in my life? YES! I know with each ending chapter a new one begins. You see the joy of the Lord is my strength. Without that joy life would be meaningless and hopeless.
Has this changed my love for God? YES! I love Him more knowing that He is in full control. Proverbs 3:5-6: (AMP)
5Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Am I saying that there are not moments of tears? NO! Believe me I have had my share of them.
Do I fear the unknown? YES! I’m human. I want to know everything.
Do I get frustrated? YOU BET!
So what keeps me from completely going off the deep end? Being in the secret place of God keeps me stable. I know I am safe in His arms. I am secure in the fact that God is in complete control of my life. He orchestrates each day.
This is what God spoke to me:
As you pursue your passion in 2007 stay focused on me. Do not look to the left or right but know that I have it all under control. I will never leave you nor forsake you. You may not understand everything right now but always know I am with you. Trust in me. Passionately pursue me. Love everyone. Forgive everyone.
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