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I see what you are doing now!

We all have had weeks we'd like to put behind us. Some days are just better than others! In the passage of time, there are moments we'd like to "erase" from our memory, while there are also those others we hope to hold onto forever and ever. When things are just not going well for us, how do we handle it? What is our response to the chaos, disappointment, frustration, or fear? When you have one of those "EVERYTHING's falling apart on me!" kind of days or weeks, how do you get up to do another? To be totally transparent here, we all have those days when we are just good and ready for this chapter of our life to be closed and a new one to be written!

Everything's falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules. My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed. The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course. (Psalm 119:107-110)

In "rough patches" of life, we often cry out for deliverance long before we cry out for God to teach us a lesson in the rough place! We want our "comfort" restored, but we don't see there is a lesson in every season. "Put me together again with your Word." Rather than pray for deliverance maybe we should be praying for sustenance - sustaining power! Whenever I have one of my grandsons over to help with a project, it makes the project go a little easier for me. In the end, I am not only grateful for their assistance, I am delighted with the end results! Their presence actually made it easier for me to endure all the hard work that went into the project!

God works this way sometimes. He comes along, placing the pieces of our lives together in keeping with the principles of his Word, making his Word come alive in the process. In the "watching and participation" in what he is fashioning in our lives through the revelation of his Word, we "see" the pieces of life take form. In the end, we realize the results of the "work" occurring as there is this passage of time. Unfortunately, most of us don't like to wait for that passage of time and find ourselves struggling with things because we are in the moments where the lessons are being learned.

At the end of the day, God rejoices in our praise, delights in our reaching, and relishes our "I love you's". The day will deal us stuff that we don't want to face - but when we look to the one who knows how to put all the pieces together, undertaking his work carefully each step of the way, we do more than "make it through". We are "sustained" - upheld and strengthened! We are supported, born up, and kept going until the final work is done within us! Don't take your eyes off the one doing the building in your life - mirror his steps. In the end, you will finish well! Just sayin!

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