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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Psalm 91

I bumped into my friend, Anna, this last week.  The same Anna I spoke of here.
Once again, she brightened my day, just being who she was created to be and sharing herself with me.   She shared with me a Psalm that had been on her mind, and encouraged me to not just read it once, but many times over, even once a day for several days. 
When I opened my Bible, I was excited to see that it was the same Psalm God had used specifically, another time in my life.  I was facing rejection and an uncomfortable conversation I had to have with someone I loved deeply.  I remember so clearly, I was in my early 20's, and I was terrified to have this specific conversation.  I opened my Bible to the Psalms looking for comfort, and chapter 91 brought just that.  I remember verse 5, that says "you will not fear...the arrow that flies by day." At that time, the arrow I was so fearful of were words that I knew would be shot my way, verbal arrows that I knew could wound me deeply. 
 I also remember and loved verse 4, where it says:
I walked into that conversation, visualizing myself covered with feathers, hidden under mighty wings, shielded from arrows.

  Held.

 I  knew I would be ok no matter what, because I could take refuge in GOD. 
 He would not reject me--ever.
The conversation I had was hard, there was rejection involved, and I was actually cut off from this person for a period of time.  Yes, it hurt.  But...I was still ok. It did not define me or destroy my confidence.  In time, the relationship was healed and continues to be blessed.

The verses take on a whole new meaning as I read them in this season of my life.  
They are so comforting.
He HAS answered me when I call to him. v. 15
He HAS been with me in trouble. v. 15

I know nothing will happen to me that has not passed through His hands first.  He is aware of me, He knows me intimately, He knows that number of hairs on my head! Luke 12:17
He tells His angels to watch out for me, and keep me!  So cool.
God seems to teach me things in themes.  Just a few days after seeing Anna and reading Psalm 91, I read this in my devotional book:
Trust me, and do not be afraid.  Many things feel out of control. Your routines are not running smoothly.  You tend to feel more secure when your life is predictable.  Let Me lead you to the rock that is higher that you and your circumstances.  Take refuge in the shelter of My wings, where you are absolutely secure.
When you are shaken out of your comfortable routines, grip My hand tightly and look for growth opportunities.  Instead of bemoaning the loss of your comfort, accept the challenge of something new.  I lead you on from glory to glory making you fit for My kingdom. Say yes to the ways I work in your life.  Trust Me, and don't be afraid.
{Psalm 91 Song By Lincoln Brewster}


8 comments:

  1. Thank you Amy for your beautiful and inspiring post... we can find great comfort in those words. xoxo

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  2. What a great reminder of our wonderful Father God. He is faithful & such a patient teacher, kindly pushing us out of our comfort zones so that we may draw closer to Him.
    Thanks for the post & including all of Psalm 91 - it's a favorite of mine!

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  3. I have a feeling that I am that person lol. We had to have a few very hard conversations back in the day. Can you believe how things have changed?! Now I am the one needing held while having hard conversations with teenage girls! Even if it's not me, I hope you know I love you and am so thankful to have you as my sister!

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  4. it wasn't you sister!:P I love you, too..

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  5. Splendid post! Passed it on to Twitter. Amy, what I especially appreciate is your sharing that the conversation in question was difficult and the person cut you off for a season, but the event did not destroy or define you. What many fail to realize in Psalm 91 is that God promises to be with us in trouble, not deliver us from trouble entirely. Your summation of the situation does justice to that truth. Blessings!

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  6. thank you, Jeanie. Encouraging words..

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  7. used this for weekly devotional at office meeting today! Thanks!
    The Sozo Foundation

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  8. What a touchey message and that thought to let God take control of every situation that troubles me and just believe

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