I am constantly amazed at how loyal animals can be to their owners. My dog loves to come and just lean against me. It seems like She just wants to be close and be able to touch me, and then everything is all right. I know that sometimes it can be annoying, especially when she has just gotten out of the pond, but there is something that just stills my heart that she wants that closeness. I makes me think this morning. Do I long for that closeness with the Lord? In my heart I want to be right next to Him, and there are actually times when I feel that close. Other times, I cannot, and I suspect it is not Him who is away, but I am caught up in my own distraction for the faith and hope that drives me forward. Peter was talking to the crowd at Pentecost, and he says this: "For David says of Him: I saw the Lord ever before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover, my flesh will rest in hope, because You will not leave me in Hades or allow Your Holy One to see decay. You have revealed the paths of life to me; You will fill me with gladness in Your presence." Acts 2:25-28 I actually get it! I know this truth that David speaks of the Lord, and of what Peter speaks, for I too, along with many of you, have been in His presence, Your heart was glad, and you rejoiced. But do you rest in hope? Do things of the world still "shake" you? Jesus will not leave us in Hades, for He has destined our days, and if we are willing, we will see the paths He reveals to us. And that is worth getting up every morning, looking for another day in which to press against our Lord, and feel the closeness of His presence, and have our heart filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. And then we will know that everything will be all right.
Lord, fill me today with Your presence. Fill those who read these words, and draw us closer, just like a loyal loving pet to his owner, help us to trust unconditionally, and know Your will for us. I pray for this kind of truth to be felt by each believer every day, so that we can joyfully be the light You desire to shine in the darkness. I pray Father, for: the Rodriguez family, Tabitha and all our military personnel, for Coral, Ada, Brittany, Daniel, Rheba, Harriet, Peggy, Carolyn, Cynthia, Jackie Ann, Pam R., for healing; Barbara, Loren, Speros, Mike S. I pray for: hearts that are changed by You today, and for us to be sensitive to Your leading, so that we will hear from You today. I pray for strength, and courage for our country's leaders and Lord, I pray You will heal our land. We are in desperate need of You right now. So, please heal us today in Jesus name.