I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken…You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalms 16:8,11
The devotion this month was just what I needed to hear. In the devotion, Danielle tells a story of a tandem bike and a journey with God. So often, I want to be in control of my bike and take the lead. When, in reality, I should take the back seat and let God be in the front.
I love to plan ahead and know what the day holds. It gives me a sense of control, and I like to think that I am in control. When our plans get changed (and with two small children, they often do), I am afraid to say that I am not very resilient. I tend to be disappointed or stressed about the changes.
One adventure that I am currently on is raising my little ones. Each day has up and downs, mountains and valleys. I am learning that there is so much that I cannot control. I cannot make my babies well again when they are sick. I cannot make the other kids treat them kindly. There is so much that is out of my control, and I constantly worry about those things.
Even though I do not know what the future holds for my children, I know God will take care of them. Instead of trying to be in control, I need to learn to sit back and let God lead. If I “set the Lord always before me” and put him in the driver seat, “I shall not be shaken”. (Psalm 16:8) If I trust in him, he will “make known to me the path of life.” (Psalm 16:11) I may not be in control, but I know the one who is. He loves us more than we could ever imagine.
For the background on this entry, I used an old map of the area where I grew up. I found this particular map in the public records available online and printed it out on sticker paper. I cut out the section of the map I wanted to use and carefully placed it down to the page. Once it was set, I trimmed off the excess. Then, I used stickers, stamps, and alphas to complete the page. Finally, I finished with my date stamp.