The Brightness of Your Daybreak
I have something good for you today.
Woke up this morning exhausted. Have been sick for a week. Had to go take a Covid test this weekend which came back negative (woohoo!) but the sickness is still lingering so I have the energy of a slug. I have also been extremely bored, down and restless.
I laid in bed for awhile, picked up my phone, started playing a mindless game and felt a little tug at my heart to get up and take communion. So, of course, I stayed in bed playing the mindless game for a little longer. Typical me. Then I decided I'd listen to Jesus, sit with him awhile and obey the pull to commune.
I sat in Patrik's recliner, focused on Jesus, and sat still. I heard the words "Psalm 43" in my head. And here is the good bit for today:
"2 For you are where my strength comes from and my protector, so why would you leave me now? Must I be covered with gloom while the enemy comes after me, gloating with glee? 3 Pour into me the brightness of your daybreak! Pour into me your rays of revelation-truth! Let them comfort and gently lead me onto the shining path, showing the way into your burning presence, into your many sanctuaries of holiness. 4 Then I will come closer to your very altar until I come before you, the God of my ecstatic joy! I will praise you with the harp that plays in my heart, to you, my God, my magnificent God! 5 Then I will say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged; don’t be disturbed, for I fully expect my Savior-God to break through for me. Then I’ll have plenty of reasons to praise him all over again.” Yes, living before his face is my saving grace! (Psalm 43, The Passion Translation)
Jesus, you were so brave to go to the cross. What love! Thank you for calling me to remember that sacrifice you made for me to lift me up out of the pit of ordinariness today. Thank you for your presence in the midst of sickness and discouragement and mindless iPhone games. Thank you for being real and my friend. Thank you for giving me life and hope and letting me be myself in your good Presence. Your friendship is sweet and your love amazes me.
I pray all of us recognize his love and presence today - here and now. Bless you guys.