“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:24-26 (ESV)
Here I am Lord. I am waiting quietly here with you. I am glad to be here with you in this place. I am seeking you with all my heart. I am seeking you with all my mind. I am seeking you with all my strength. Does it take a lot of effort for you to meet with me here in this place at this time? That isn’t an easy question to answer. Why is that? At least it isn’t a question that is easy to honestly answer. What do you mean by that? I am always glad when I have set aside a time and a place to meet with you. It is so good to be in your presence. In your presence I come to know you. In your presence I grow in my love for you. In your presence I can taste of your goodness, kindness, mercy and love. In your presence you restore my soul. In your presence you refresh my life. In your presence you set me on fire to serve you. When I am in your presence I am certain that there is no place that I would rather be. When I am in your presence I am certain that there is nothing I would rather do. You don’t seem to be struggling with your answer to me. These are the honest feelings of your heart and mind and soul. Yes, my heart and mind and soul tells me that you are all that I would ever want or need both now and forever. That is very good.
There is something else you want to tell me. There is something else that you have learned. There is a second answer to my question. Why does it take a lot of effort for you to come to meet with me at this time and in this place? I get distracted. The world and all that is in it screams for my attention. I get busy. The demands of life lay claim to all my time. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get done what needs to be done. Time runs out. When time runs out are you happy with how you have spent your time? I am only happy with how I have spent my time when I have centered it and started it with you. You are the one who I want to direct my life. You are the one who I want to guide how I use my time. My second answer to your question is that it takes all my effort to listen to what my soul is telling me. What’s that? You are my portion. You are my future. You are my hope. I will seek you. I will wait for you. I will meet with you so that you direct my life and guide how I use my time. That will be very good.
Lord, you are mine. I am yours. All I have that is worth anything is in you. You are my future. You are my hope. You are my salvation. I will wait in your presence. I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul. Help me to know you and all your goodness. Amen
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