I was sitting in my bedroom this morning, watching the wind blow the tree. It was batting it around with a few leaves left. It looked like a kitten playing with a ball or mouse.
You know if someone tells you there is no God because you cannot see him. Then remind them of the wind. It blows and bats the tree around and yet you do not see it. The Lord is out there if you seek him. If you look for him, he is there. I saw him when I was growing up in my life. I felt his presence in my life.
I struggled in 6th grade elementary school, because I was one student the teacher didn’t like and caused me many wake-less nights. It was a very difficult year of my life. It could have been a time in my life when I turned off and shut down and became something totally different. She tore me down and didn’t build me up. I was tormented by her pressure and worse, my parents couldn’t seem to resolve my issues for me. They tried their best, but a 12 year against a seasoned teacher has little clout. I was told that I was making up the abuse, that she wasn’t singling me out. In the end, I did get through the year. I had mental health issues (nervous breakdown) and stomach (ulcer) and intestinal problems.
I could have hated my parents for this ordeal, I could have hated the teacher for the ordeal as well. I decided a long time ago to forgive. It wasn’t worth the torment to me to continue with this notion that I wasn’t good enough or something I did caused her to treat me this way.
You see I could have chosen not to see God that year in my life. Instead I saw him as my life-preserver. He was the only one there for me. As Peter reached out to Jesus to calm the sea and pull him back to the safety of the boat. I too needed to be pulled back and Jesus did that. I reached for my Bible many times during that year. I reached and read many scriptures, but one that gave me strength was Psalms 25
1 In you, LORD my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, LORD, are good.
8 Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, LORD,is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
This life on earth isn’t about having a perfect life and no problems. Life here will have its ups and downs. It is the ability to reach out to God in these troubled times and now you have been rescued. I seek out God in everything I do and I hope in things I write and say.
I am a child of God and I am protected by my Lord. He delivers me from all my Troubles.
Sisters and brothers… this Sunday draws to a close. Think about looking for God in the days ahead. Love one another as Christ loved the Church. Love the Church for Christ commissioned us to go out and bring others to Christ.