December 29 – We Understand It Better By and By

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; Proverbs 24:3 NKJV

In the summer, we would get these catalogs from Montgomery Wards and Sears and Roebuck. Mama would pore over them and circle some of the ugliest clothes on the planet. I would beg her to reconsider her choices…sometimes she would and most of the time, she wouldn’t.

I would fret over my plight for the upcoming school year. Hard as I tried, for the life of me, I could not comprehend the difference in our taste.

But by and by, when it came my time to serve as parent and provider, I understood better. As a kid, you have the luxury of being self-absorbed. Life seems to revolve around you, your feelings and your preconceived reputation. And although you think you know a thing or two about the world of practicality, it’s not until another life bears your name and requires your undivided attention that practicality and prudence grows from within.

The Lord is gracious to allow such fragile beings to participate in His Masterpieces. But then, I guess that’s what makes it so Masterful.

We evolve in time, and then…Ah ha!

Surely, He smiles.

November 10 – You’re in Good Hands

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:6 AMP
When you find yourself in times of trial and test and it seems like no one in the world understands, hope will hold you close…let it.

And don’t take a care about the naysayers, it’s all a part of the Master’s plan. Keep your eyes on the Father and He will lead you home!

Today, I find comfort in David’s masterpiece. There’s no other way to say it better. The Message Translation adds a touch of colorful expression.

God, my shepherd!
  I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
 you find me quiet pools to drink from.
 True to your word,
 you let me catch my breath
 and send me in the right direction.  Even when the way goes through
 Death Valley, 
I’m not afraid
 when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
 makes me feel secure.  You serve me a six-course dinner
 right in front of my enemies.
 You revive my drooping head;
 my cup brims with blessing.  Your beauty and love chase after me
 every day of my life.  
I’m back home in the house of God
 for the rest of my life.   Psalms 23 MSG