“Wait for the Lord”

The Upper Room Devotional reflection for Sunday, June 12, 2022, comes to us from Ariana Lizbeth Villalobos Yáñez of Morelos, Mexico.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. 18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:16-22 NIV

 

“Wait for the Lord”

When I became a Christian, my life changed. I developed a deep yearning to know more about Christ and to study God’s word. Every day I set aside time for study and reflection. Everything seemed to be going well until my health began to deteriorate. I was in the prime of my life, and I could not understand why this was happening.

After consulting with several doctors and incurring medical bills, my savings began to dwindle.


Early one morning on the bus ride to work, I looked out the window and noticed the dry, brown grass along the route. The unforgiving sun and the heat had withered it. I felt the same way – beaten down and sad because of the adversity I now faced. Still, throughout this time, I continued to meditate on God’s word and pray for healing.

Several months passed, and then the rains came. I continued to ride the bus to work and watched as the grass along the road became a vibrant green. After a bleak dry season, I saw God’s miracle in the healthy new growth of green grass. In the same way, God renews and gives new life and strength to us. God heard my prayers. Even in adversity, God’s abiding love and mercy are always present.

 

Friends –

I appreciate Ariana’s reflection about how the natural world can reflect God’s special blessings, and remind us how God’s healing work surrounds us, even through the most difficult struggles. It seems to me that this happens when we see not only renewed vibrant grass, but also in birdsong, beautiful flowers, even sunrises or sunsets. I invite you to consider which parts of God’s natural world remind you of God’s graceful presence in our lives.

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Eternal God, help us as we wait and trust in you to learn from the lessons life provides. Amen.

--Ariana Lizbeth Villalobos Yáñez


Prayer Focus:

Those with a Debilitating Illness.


Thought for the Day:

In any season, I will wait with hope on the Lord.

 

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope

Psalm 130:5 (NIV)