"Making A Way"

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, September 18, 2021 comes to us from Michael Kimmel of Texas

Isaiah 12:2-5 NIV

2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.” 3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

Making A Way

In January, I made the difficult decision to leave my job. After completing my paralegal certification in February, I began looking for a job, sending out application after application. I felt like something good would happen soon; but it didn’t. I had great interviews and gained valuable experience, but I still found myself without a job. As time wore on, I felt as though God had abandoned me. I was stepping out in faith and applying for positions everywhere I could, but none of the doors on which I was knocking opened. Seven months later, however, God answered my prayer and opened a door for me at a lumberyard in the town where I live.

Today’s reading reminds us that we can trust God and that we should praise God’s glorious work in the world. Working at a lumberyard wasn’t the job I was hoping for, but I praise God for making a way for me. When God does something incredible and delivers us into a new season, we can praise God and share God’s goodness with everyone.

Prayer Focus:

Someone looking for work.

Thought for the Day:

I will praise God for making a way in my life.


Heavenly Father, thank you for making a way for us when there seems to be no way forward. Help us to trust in you as we wait. In Jesus’ name. Amen. from Michael Kimmel


Friends – Once again, I am reminded of the wisdom a bishop offered me many years ago. She said, “Remember – “Sabbath” – it’s a commandment, not a suggestion”. Recently, I have begun to recall the many times when I have been worrying about a decision for quite a while, then finally rest and reset, letting go of that worry. Almost always, when I stop to rest and let go of the worrying, I find a clear path to resolve that concern. I confess that I don’t always give God the credit for showing how to move forward. But in retrospect, I am reminded to thank God for guiding me toward a good resolution.

--Pastor bea