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Psalm 91:15 – Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; I'll rescue you, then throw you a party. (MSG)
Because our summers are very short, camping is a chosen activity in our area. To be outside as much as possible is the preference of many people.
One summer, a group of our friends was planning on going camping. We chose a golf course close by that wouldn't be too crowded. As the weekend neared, the weather was not suitable to go camping. It was cold and rainy and miserable. But, in Alberta, often the weather changes within minutes, so we were still planning on going.
Closer to the weekend, the weather was not improving, and I did not want to go camping. For me, camping in cool, damp weather, wearing my winter coat, is not fun at all. I can sit in my own warm, comfortable home, with no coat on and with space to move around. I was not a "happy camper", thinking about going camping! As I was going to sleep one night, I cried out to God for something to change our plans. I had read today's verse from Psalm 91:15 that morning, and I claimed the truth that God would answer me when I called to Him. I knew that God would be at my side. I knew He would rescue me, and then throw me a party.
By the next morning, it had rained so hard that the golf course owner called to say that he wasn't letting any campers in, because the ground was too saturated with rain, and it would ruin his grass. How I laughed! How I praised God! How I enjoyed the "party" that He had thrown me!
Do we really believe that God will answer our prayers? Do we trust Him with all of life's issues? Do we know that He will take care of the little things, as well as the big things in our lives? Are we anticipating the party that He will throw us?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for caring so much for us. Thank You that You are concerned about whether we go camping in the cold or not — the little things of life. Help us to call out to You, God, and to trust You to be at our side in the bad times, as well as in the good times. Amen.