July 10 Devotional

One morning after a sleepless night, I was standing in front of my kitchen sink staring out the window as if that window had some answers for me. I’d tossed and turned all night — one of those epic sleepless nights where you wake up to sheets that look like they’ve traveled through a tornado.

It was a warm, humid morning — steam rising up from every surface. It had rained the night before and there was the tiniest puddle on the table on our back deck — it was about the size of a quarter. A small bird landed on the table, and I suppose out of desperation from the heat, that bird began to flop around — flipping from side to side in that little puddle until it had either used every drop or exhausted itself — I’m not sure which.

Then I noticed something as I looked beyond that poor bird — just beyond the deck only a few feet away stood our bird bath. It was full to the brim with sparkling, cool water. And I thought, that poor bird was so focused on the tiny puddle he had missed the real prize. Had he just looked up, he would have seen it.

And in that moment, the Lord spoke to me. No, he actually sort of popped me in the head (that usually works best for me). Because this is my story, and I bet sometimes it’s yours. In the midst of our need, we sometimes settle for the easy answer. The quick fix. The lesser option. You can fill in the blank here with your own worldly substitute of choice. And in so doing, we settle for far less than God has for us.

Many of us have had our lives turned upside down over the last few months, as circumstances beyond our control threaten the things that make us feel most secure — our health, our jobs, our finances, our connection to others. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the immediate and fail to see the bigger picture.

But it’s in the bigger picture that we find everything that we need. In moments of doubt, looking beyond that which we see with human eyes toward the promise and power that God has made possible is where we find the answers that calm and comfort. When no answer can be found, I try to remind myself what God has already shown me — that which I already know.

This I know: Jesus loves me. The Holy Spirit, He comforts me. And God, He meets me in every need — he will never leave me. My prayer for you today is that you are able to look beyond the challenges, the concerns, the anxiety today brings and  search for reminders of who God is and all that He longs to give to you.

Psalm 121:1-8

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
God won’t let your foot slip.
Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job.
No! Israel’s protector
never sleeps or rests!
The Lord is your protector;
the Lord is your shade right beside you.
The sun won’t strike you during the day;
neither will the moon at night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
God will protect your very life.
The Lord will protect you on your journeys —
whether going or coming —
from now until forever from now.

René Watson
Minister of Administration