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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Song Series: God Leads Us Along

God Leads Us Along

Read: Psalm 40

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count – Psalm 40:5

“When you purpose to look for God in the everyday details of your life, you will begin to notice so many little things that He does to bring Himself glory, to reassure you that every detail of your life matters to Him.” – The Rice Family Blog.

This word came along at just the right time. So, I’ve stopped to start this blog.

It’s early, 03:30, on a Saturday morning, and I’m preparing to head out to my secular job. (I don’t sleep well when I know I need to wake up early the next day) I’ve worked several weeks now without a day off, and yesterday, Friday, at the last minute I was asked to work again, this Saturday morning; start time, 05:00. Now, that’s often the nature of my vocation. Things can get real busy real fast and stay busy for what seems like a really long time. I’ve grown to accept it and am very thankful to even have a job, especially in light of the recent economic struggles our state has experienced. However, I’ve discovered that my attitude often takes on a darker side when I’ve gone several days with little sleep and few hours off. Additionally, as a bi vocational worship leader, my time becomes even more pinched. If I’m not careful, projects become more important than people. I begin to lose focus on my purpose for living (to glorify God). Business, planning, organizing, and getting the job done become priority and I soon find myself entangled in the affairs of the everyday (2 Timothy 2:4). But for the grace of God, I could easily become a workaholic.

Fortunately, I’ve come to understand, time spent with God is both crucial and sacrosanct; so, I carve out the first hour of my day to have a quiet moment with Him. I learned to have a “quiet time” as a youth after my mother gave me a little devotional booklet titled “Our Daily Bread” printed by Radio Bible Class; morning devotions have now become a life-style habit. During these early morning moments, God often speaks to my heart in unanticipated ways. Like my sister in Christ’s recent blog or a word spoken during a general conversation, in addition to, the momentary flash of inspiration in the off times carelessly overlooked details of the aggregate substance of the daily grind. God never fails to find a way to grab my attention; reminding me that He is always working His plan for this child’s life.

I love being in the family of God. Seeing God work in the lives of others reminds me that He never stops steering the ship. God loves His children and guides them along even when they don’t take time to see it. Seasons of busyness will come, I will get distracted, but I rest in the fact that God designs the details; therefore, I purpose to look for God in the everyday.

God Leads Us Along (Isaiah 43:1-3)

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet.
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Some thro’ the water, some thro’ the flood,
Some thro’ the fire, but all thro’ the blood;
Some thro’ great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

by George A Young, 1903

About the picture: The Pygmy Marmoset Callithrix (Cebuella) pygmaea may be the smallest monkey in the world. Measuring only 5-1/2” long, with claws on all five fingers except its big toe which has a flat nail, God designed this little guy for climbing wet slippery trees. God really is interested in the details.

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