Shows Up

“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” (Psalm 107:9)

You meet me in the ordinary, where cobwebs and dust collide and leftovers are the order of the day. In the absence of dazzling or noteworthy and an abundance of drab and homespun, you show up to surprise. The familiar and routine are always a spectacular canvas for your display.

I find you in the quiet places, tucked within the linings of my world, where noise is quarantined to the time-out corner and stillness rests its head against the strong shoulders of hope. In solitude you are my greatest company. Alone with you, I am surrounded and made full.

You envelope me in the chaotic moments, when winds roar furious and wild, and I am strapped inside a boat capsized and torn. Where nothing makes sense at all, you do. With my armload of panic and backpack of stuff, I run in your general direction and find you where nothing else proves worthy or reliable or sane. You are all-sufficient in goodness, in greatness, in power, bearing the weights and burdens you never intended me to manage on my own.

When the lines are blurred and confusion reigns supreme, you are still in charge. In the place where mayhem is the ruling majority and clouds droop low and gray, you see perfectly into the distance. When busyness is bomb shelter and war zone, you are peacemaker, joy-bringer, strength-provider, and ever so much more.

Wherever I find myself, you are fully there. Completely, unreservedly, compassionately there.

Elizabeth Karram Mitchell

Related Post

Just a Minute

Just a Minute

 “I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1) Waiting patiently for the Lord means we don’t try to cajole an answer out of him or force our wants and wishes on the Creator of the universe. It means we do...

read more
World Wind

World Wind

“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19) If for a moment I conclude that God is far removed from my world, I need only skim a few pages of the Gospels to gather an...

read more
Twenty-Seventh Time

Twenty-Seventh Time

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) Surrounded by a dreary haze, I falter. But what is that to you who emanates incandescent light, luminous and...

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share This