This morning as is my usual practice I went to my e-mail and first read the Upper Room Reflection for the day. Often this short devotion seems aimed directly at me and my needs. Today was a case of this. The devotion reminded me of a bible verse I have posted on my refrigerator and that I have been trying to live by since 1998 when I began to work of our church and things where in a struggle there. I began praying it and claiming in as a verse for the church. Over time I claimed it as my own. The verse is Jeremiah 29:11. It is highlighted in my bible. Probably I have written about in in past posts on this BLOG.
"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."
This is where my refrigerator magnet ends. But as I read it today I realize that I need to go on to verse 12-14.
"Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you up from all the nations, and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you in exile."
Jeremiah is speaking in these verses to the Israelite people who have been taken out of Jerusalem and into captivity by the Babylonians I believe, He is giving them hope that they have not been abandoned by their God. That God indeed does have a plan for them and it is a plan for their good. Jeremiah is also calling the people back to God. Calling them to turn to God and seek him. I believe God does no less for his people today. That he does no less for me. The Israelite people felt abandoned by their God. Yes, I at times also feel abandoned. Yet God does not; he can not abandon his people or me. I need to remember this no matter how dark my nights get. I need to remember Jeremiah 29:11 it daily. I need to not just walk by as it sits on my refrigerator.
Ah....but what does all this have to do with the title of this post. Not really anything. My ADD kicked in and I got sidetracked from where I began. At the bottom of the daily reflections devotion are a series of weekly suggestions for other helps in daily living with faith and God. Among the helps this week was a link to an article on Meditation for Distress, Disease or Pain by Robert Corin Morris. Having a lot of all three of these things in my life at the moment it caught my attention. I read it thought maybe this is something that could help me get through the coming days and months. I don't want to forget where it is so the best place to put it is here. The title of the BLOG post has a link to the article as does it's mention here. So hopefully I will remember it is here when I need it!