I Surround You Always
By Arlene Wallis
Today started off rather odd. I was anxious a little as any mother would be getting ready to send her two youngest children off to see their grandmother across the country. Always concern about safety, arrival, baggage, almost like I was going. I was in my mind getting ready for my own trip. As I woke up well before the alarm, I checked my phone to discover 4 or more messages from my mother. I figured she was just expressing her excitement to seeing her grandchildren. I was hit with big letters **URGENT** trip postponed mom back in the hospital.
Well, needless to say I woke up quick trying to gather my mind and contact my sister who was not answering the phone at all. I had to break this to my boys who were ready to go, that there were not going anywhere. My mind racing to try and come up with things to cover and make up for such a devastating blow. I started to cry and started to pray for I did not know what else to do. My daughter called me and said mom, you will be able to go on your trip I will watch my brothers its ok. I did not cry for me, I cried for my kids and the fact that I received news like that via text and that their trip was cancelled.
As I spent the rest of the morning trying to do what any mom would do, make her boys feel better, I was literally falling apart ready to cancel my vacation so that they could be surrounded by me. My daughter again reminded me, no, go on your trip mom, I got the boys. I said ok and went to get ready for work.
As I left to catch the bus, the wind felt good on such a hot day. I continued walking and the wind was almost pushing me from the front and the back. As I traveled to my destination and got off the bus, the wind again came up, cool and refreshing almost pushing me from the front and the back and then it hit me.
I am with you always(Mat 28:20) I surround you with love (Psalm 5:12) the Lord determines our steps(Psalm 37:23) cast your burden on me (1 Peter 5:7) I sought the Lord, He heard me and delivered me from my fears (Ps 34:6)taste and see that I am good and blessed are those who trust Him(Psalm 34:8)
I share this with you to say this; when you turn your focus from you and what you can do and trust in what the Lord will do the blessings are immeasurable. When you immerse yourself in the word of God and not in the word of man, His protection is better than the secret service.
When your mind is saturated with God and you worship even in the midst of a situation or trial, the outcome is God-breathed and cannot be compared. I thank God for reminding me once again that He was there as He has always been and that all I need do is worship Him and let Him have my fears. He will work it out!
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