Monday, January 25, 2010

Sustained.


Today, I was kept. Held. Carried. The Lord my God picked me up and walked beside me through the day. And, what a blessed day it was because of Him, too.

I never want to come across as someone who is super spiritual or hypocritical. I never want to seem like more than I am. So, when I say that I am nothing, please believe me. I am NOTHING without the Lord, especially on days like today.

Nothing particularly difficult plagued me or faced me today, but the very regular tasks of life, like working, become so difficult when much more pressing things invade our lives.

Don't get me wrong, I was happy to be able to work. I was thrilled to have health enough to do my job, but I couldn't quite pull it off like I usually do. I couldn't quite do my thing. I feel sorry for my class.

It's just that in these moments of distress, I would love nothing more than to spend the day, in the sun, with the Lord. There is rest and renewal in His presence, and I miss that when other duties, like work, creep in.

As soon as I got home, I checked into Facebook, and I found that a very dear person that I know from high school had started a "Praying for Lindsey" group. I don't deserve your prayers, but I covet them. To me, you are Jesus. In the same way that we don't deserve Christ's love, but he freely gives it, I don't deserve your prayers and concern, but you freely give it to me. What a picture of Christ you are!

And then, I read another message from a dear friend who left me with the words of Psalm 20. Ya'll, as I read these words out loud, I could feel God's presence in the most real way, and tears began to well in my eyes. Will you please read them out loud? Read them like you believe them. There is just something so real and so comforting about God's Word. It is living and active and applicable to our life today. Friend, cry out to Him in your distress, and believe His promises for your life.

1
May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
Selah

4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.

5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

9 O LORD, save the king!
Answer
us when we call!


'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus!

10 comments:

Debbie said...

Sweet, precious, Lindsey....yes, we praise Him and thank Him for you! I love you, Lindsey!

Ruth - Grandma said...

Lindsey, I want to tell you that my SS Class at First Baptist is praying for you and lots of people at church ask about you. Prayers are going up for you more than you know. God is listening!! I am glad you were able to go to work today. Your body is tired from two surgeries so close together. It will get better. I pray for you every day! I love you.

Anonymous said...

WOW, Lindsey! God is good. Thank you for ministering to us even as we pray for and minister to you in your time of distress. At bible study tonight a verse stood out in you immediately came to mind. Isaiah 43:2-When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Praying with you for the day He will be glorified in your healing.

Romi said...

I have shared your story with a few of my teacher friends at my school. They are all praying for you as I am. I am sustained by your faith.

Julie-CA said...

I am so glad you felt Him so closely today. Please don't let yourself feel sorry for your class. They have been given a great gift this year to have you as their teacher. They have been given the opportunity to witness first hand the power of God working in and through someone who daily clings to His promises. His reflection in your spirit is a greater gift to those children then your health. Rest in that. :)

Whitney said...

First, I want to be a part of that group. How do I join? Second, I don't know how you are working during this. You are amazing! I KNOW you are exhuasted in every sense of the word, and yet you remain faithful to your duties...wow.
Love you.
Praying. Praying.

Alabamamom said...

It never ceases to amaze me how the Body of Christ is bonded together. My devotional the other day had Psalm 20 as one of the readings and I just read the Isaiah passage that the Anonymous commentor quoted and thought about you as well when I read it. They are wonderful Scriptures to read aloud every day. Praying.
Love,
Carol

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. I have been so beaten down lately over life- job, money, trying to pay the bills. I have felt that I needed to give up my dreams. But oh God knows the desires of my heart and He can bring them to pass.

I am praying for a miracle in my life and your life!

Tanya said...

You are spreading God's love through your journey and that is a wonderful gift to us all! It really does inspire so many people to read about your faith and love for God and you truly honor Him!

Thank you for your sweet words at my blog. I'll continue to spread the word so there's an army of ppl praying for you. We'll be storming the heavens with it! I hope today is a good one.

Cousin Big Al said...

Praying for you Lindsey. I am glad you shopped at Whole Foods and enjoyed the experience. I regularly shop there and buy only the essentials, turns out to not hit the wallet too hard either. I read that you say you are having trouble with maintaining weight. From your food description I'm not sure if you all bought any meat or whey protein or cheese or yogurt. Meat is important as it is a form of a complete protein, dairy is important too except some people cannot digest the lactose protein as it is a larger bodied protein and not as easily digested, take lactaid if needed. Also I have found that the better the dairy is, organic..infused with acidopholis, that it is easier on my stomach and I am more able to absorb the nutrients. Since eating Nancy's Organic yogurt and natural cheese I have kicked my lactose intolerance. Protein may also be importatnt depending on your nutritional type. Dr. Mercola goes into detail about eating for your nutritional type. There are two types of people Protein or Carb type and he encourages to eat according to your nutritional type. I'll send you his book if you do not already have it, do you? I pray that your energy will be restored and your body healed.