So, a few weeks ago I had to have a minor surgery…gallbladder removal to be exact. Y’all are probably thinking..no big deal….right? Well for me, it was a big deal. I have not had many surgeries and was a little proud of that, not to mention that I really have a huge fear of being cut on! This procedure became necessary though, so with much angst I scheduled it.
As I was preparing for a weekly meeting with a friend (we are studying Psalms) I opened my Bible and literally this verse jumped off the page and straight into my heart!
I don’t know if that has happened to you before, but it does not happen to me often. But that day it did! I was just looking for a Psalm to discuss, thumbing through the book. I came to Psalm 46. This is a very well used Psalm and it happens to be a source for our mission statement at Fortress. I think I was drawn to it because it is so familiar. AND THEN…I read verse 5…
“God is in the midst of her; She shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.” Psalm 46:5
It seems like such a simple thing doesn’t it, to trust in God, knowing that He has you in the palm of his hand?We KNOW this stuff…right? When fear sets in though…it seems that knowing and feeling are world’s apart!
This is where I became amazed. This passage of scripture, this particular verse, SPOKE to ME. I was meant to read that verse, that day at that very time. Psalm 46:5 assured me that God is IN the midst of me, HE resides there always and that with HIS help I could handle this fear that I was facing. As I was studying, I ran across other scriptures that assured me over and over that God is in ME! What a comfort this knowledge is!
“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:12 (ESV)
“as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostril,” Job 27:3 (ESV)
Blessings on your day!
P.S. Another way God continues to amaze me is through art. I find incredible joy and peace when I am creating beautiful works of art with alcohol ink. I hope you enjoy my art.