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Listen while you read: "In The Sweet By And By"1 (Lyrics)
As we prepared for our long trip, my husband purchased a product to put on the windshield so that rain will bead up on it. He got the car ready as I packed. When we travel, we always take turns driving. As we left, with my husband driving, it was sunny and warm. When we switched drivers, the weather also switched, and rain began to fall. As I turned on the wipers, I was pleasantly surprised to see the rain beading up on my side, but on the other side of the windshield, the water was not beading up at all, much to my confusion. My husband then replied, "You got me good! I put the product only on the driver's side, because I figured that I would be driving during the rain, so my side would have been clear and your side streaked." We laughed about how his plan to fool me backfired!
Today, as I drove alone to do errands, the heavens opened and the rains came down heavily. This has been a very dry summer, so the rain is a welcomed sight. Much to my amazement, the water began to bead on the windshield on both sides. I realized that at some point this summer, unbeknownst to me, my husband had applied the product to the other side of the windshield. As I said a silent thank you to my husband for taking care of this for me, I began to reflect on how our Father in heaven cares for us.
Psalm 95:7 – For he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (NLT)
I was humbled as I spent time reflecting on all the times when Jesus has gone before me. He does this for me without my even being aware of it at times. He is always into the details of our lives, whether we acknowledge it or not. He will never stop taking care of the specifics, whether big or small. At times, He seems so far away, but I believe that if we take time to reflect and allow Him to show us, He will make us aware of His work in our lives.
What about you? Are you allowing the One who gave His life for us to walk beside you through this journey? How about the time you made a decision, then changed your mind, or went a different way to work, only to find out that you missed a traffic jam by the change of your plan? Jesus was a part of this decision and this plan. He wants to be with us during all our times.
Psalm 23:6 – Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, at times we go about life not taking the time to recognize You in our walk. We are sorry for this. Thank You for Your unfailing love for us and for going to the cross so that we may have eternal life with You. Help us to acknowledge You more and more each day as we walk and grow with You. In Your name, we pray. Amen.