11/16/19

Good morning!
Text: Psalms 130-132
As of late, I have been in a season of distractions and interruptions to my normal routine.  Some are wonderful – grandchildren and a vacation with Lyn.  Some are painful like the death of an old friend and difficulties in a ministry I hold dear.  Meanwhile, I am feeling the lost personal time with the Lord and with my church family.  The words of  Psalm 131 speak two ideas – first, it is good and timely to return to the immediate and intimate things of the Lord and His people:
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
    my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
And the second is to rediscover contentment,
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother;  like a weaned child is my soul within me.
That latter image is one that takes thought.  When a child is weaned, he or she experiences anguish.  “Mommy won’t give me what I need.  I’m starving here!  Am I abandoned?  Woe is me!”  But after the weaning, the child has been introduced to a whole new menu of nourishment and taste.  There is more nutrition for growth and life has become ever more rich.  “And, Mommy still loves me.”   I am praising the Lord for His care, nurture and love.  It is time to slow down and settle back into His grace and mercy.
in Him,  Mike