Friday, March 1
By Gloria Sturghill
Psalm 63 (1-8)
Lent is a season of preparation…getting ready, ironically, for what we know has happened: Jesus was betrayed, tried, crucified and resurrected. When I was young, we heard the story year after year, but I didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about. We know what happened – why prepare?
This past year has meant a big change for me…the company I worked at for over a decade was purchased and our office was closed, launching all of us into the wilderness so to speak – kind of like David in Psalm 63 when he was stranded away from loved ones. Yes, I have my family and friends, but the people I worked with for years had also become friends and that bond was broken as we went our separate ways. I had no way to prepare for what was next because I didn’t know what was next. Many times, I prayed to God, wondering and asking what I should do and hoping for the perfect answer. It hasn’t happened yet – but I know it will.
So why prepare…because even though we know what happened 2000 years ago, we don’t know what will happen in our lives. We wander in our own wildernesses because our books aren’t complete – they’re evolving daily. David wrote in Psalm 63, verse 7: “for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings, I sing with joy.” God has blessed me this past year in ways I couldn’t imagine. Whether or not one of these paths is the right one for me, I still give thanks every day. And prepare for whatever comes.
God, thank you for holding us in your hands and heart. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but your love gives us the strength to make it through anything. Thank you for never leaving us alone.