Nothing the Lord desires in the world compares to each one of us. And that’s true for every one of us. It’s not only true for those who are always doing right. It’s not only true for those who are good, or who have it all together. It is true all day every day no matter how I act, no matter what I accomplish.
My rock, my fortress, my deliverer I take refuge in you My shield, my strength, my salvation I find security in your presence My stronghold,
We need friends to speak godly words of truth, and we also need to be friends who speak these words. How can you be a friend like Nathan this week? Who of your friends needs a reality check? Who can you go to, in love, and encourage? Listen to the Lord, be that friend, and speak your truth.
I was like Peter as he walked out onto the water. Those first few laps I stared at what I knew to be true. I clung to the idea that I could do this. And then, like Peter, I looked around. I saw the failure, I saw what could happen, I saw what could go wrong, what was going wrong, and I sunk. I sunk deeper and deeper until I finished with a disappointing time and place, and a litany of excuses.
And every night as I tried to sleep, I turned to my bible, and asked God, what do you want me to do? Why am I here? Why can’t I play any more? Unfortunately, there are no verses in the Bible that said “Ondi you were not meant to play soccer, you were meant to run.” I had to listen, and pray, and wait.
Before summer camp a lot of the things I did and experienced were miracles of the Lord, and I would come to him in those times with a deep sense of awe for what he had done. What I didn’t do was acknowledge in all things, that he was the Lord, and that I was grateful. I still struggle with this; I think we all do.