In January, a musical group associated with the college my husband works for does a series of concerts for school children throughout our area. My husband is the sound engineer for these concerts and has worked closely with this particular music professor for over twenty years. In fact, less than 48 hours after my stroke he did the winter concert for them simply because he knew I would have wanted it to be so. It was the first concert I had missed in many years and I learned later that a song was dedicated to me that night.
Today, before the school concert, the wife of the director was talking to my husband. She is a nurse and as she learned details of my stroke, what I was doing, etc., she expressed her amazement. She quickly filled my husband in on what could have been and wanted him to relay a message from her that I was doing amazingly well. We give God all the glory!
I am glad my husband shared that with me because it reminded me of how easy it is to focus so much on what I am having difficulty with that I fail to see what I have overcome. Today I needed a reminder to look for God's fingerprints, a reminder that He is always at work in me even when I face obstacles or setbacks. I need to keep my eyes on Him and remember His promises.
The best way for me to spot God's fingerprints is to get the focus off of me and my circumstances and get my focus on Him. The best way to get my focus on God is to praise Him.
I love Psalm 150.
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram's horn; praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord! Psalm 150 (NLT)
Oh, your circumstances may not be changed. You may still be sick, in pain or lonely. You may have still lost your job or don't know how you are going to pay all of your bills. You may still have to put up with that annoying neighbor or care for your sick, aging parent. However, something within you has changed. You have stepped into God's presence, you have caught a glimpse of His glory, you have met with Him and you are reminded of who He is...and how much He loves you.
Amen K. He makes the difference in any situation.
May you recover wholly in His good time and glorify His Name.
May He encourage you and strengthen you as you prepare to once again serve Him at your school.