I hadn’t planned on putting up a post today, however, as I sat having my quiet time this morning I thought about this, already drafted one, and decided that I would.
As many of you may know, Sunday 3rd September is only days away now and is when early in the morning our wonderful son leaves these shores to start studying for his theology masters in the USA. (Son, should you happen to read this– you know our hearts!)
I’m sure many of you know the waiting room scenario? Even though you’ve not heard any “pings” you’ve checked your mobile phone a dozen times, just for something to do. You’ve smiled at the mother, trying to settle her child in the waiting. You’ve browsed through some out-of-date magazines that normally you wouldn’t consider even glimpsing at! You’ve noticed some folk obviously worse off than yourself, and while grateful, what you really want now is for the door to open, for your name to be called and for the waiting to be over.
Well, without expanding any further, that’s a bit like how it feels in this house today.
And so to my previously drafted pondering…..
He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Psalm 95:7
Recently we had a visitor come stay in our home who had a new tattoo on her arm. And before any of us jump to say “surely not,” I for one am delighted to know that God Himself has my name tattooed on his hand-
“See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16 NLT
I have often pondered what if I were to have a tattoo, I would have inscribed and at different times I come up with different things, the one I most often return to simply being “HIS.” Well recently, as you can see in the featured photo, I went about all day with the words “UNDER HIS CARE” 95:7 written with pen on my hand. Why those words? Well simply because of that short phrase had caused me to stop and have a ponder.
You know when you need to have a stay in hospital, or even if you just need to attend an outpatient consultant for advice, either across your medical file, or on a name plate above your bed will be the name of your consultant under whose care you will be for the length of time it takes for you to hopefully get better and then be discharged. While it is unlikely your consultant will always be the person you physically see, it is definite that all the directives for your care will come from them. I just love the whole idea of God as my consultant, and of being “under His care” until the day I am discharged from earthly duty because I am “home safe.” I am also aware that sometimes being under His care may mean surgery, or the resetting afresh of an old break under His direction, or sometimes a plain old keeping on doing what I’m doing, because just now that’s all He is asking of me- to be faithful where I am, to show grace where I am, and to trust He will show me if and when I need to change. And included with all of the above, I just love the idea of God being the One who gets to write out my spiritual prescriptions!
I think two “under His care” prescriptions might look like this….
Needing rest? – “take Psalm 23:2 three times a day… ”
“He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
Feeling weary, or worn out?- “take Matthew 11:28-30 daily, as often as is needed… ”
“Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
I wonder what your favourite prescription verses might be? What verses do you go back to time and time again as part of your grounding, and being rooted in Him? I imagine they would be all different because we are all different. (There now, I knew my Irishness would creep into my blog one day!)
One last favourite of mine is all of Pslam 139, but especially verse 16…
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16
And so we pray….
“Father this day we are so glad to be able to declare that we are “under the care” of a God who knows us inside out, who knows each of us from before our beginning, and who has promised to always lead, us, guide us, teach us, comfort us and stay with us until we, “take hold of the eternal life to which we were called” (1 Timothy 6:12)
You know best what each of us needs this day. For some, it will be a physical rest while batteries are recharged. For some, it might even be “time out” as new directions are sought. For others, it might be a season to mourn, or dance, or sing, or try new things, or perhaps allow laughter to rise up from within us. For others plain old courage in the stepping out. Make us wise Lord in always being still and then putting ourselves first and foremost “under your care” each day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”
Make us wise Lord in always being still, and then putting ourselves first and foremost “under your care” each day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”
Yours in Him,