The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, May 15th comes to us from Myrna Conrad of Florida
Psalm 143:5-10 NRSV 5 I remember the days of old, I think about all your deeds, I meditate on the works of your hands. 6 I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. (Selah) 7 Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. 8 Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. 9 Save me, O Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.
Even though my husband and I have relocated 21 times, I still find change difficult — it tends to bring out all my insecurities and worries. One move was especially hard for me. I loved the place where we lived. We were a part of a great church and would be leaving many friends. I worked at a large center helping women in crisis and felt that my job was also my ministry. Only later did I realize God’s purpose for the move. It enabled me to work in a similar organization that was struggling — where God used my experience to help them grow. I began to look back on other moves and could see that God was at work in each move.
Through all my family’s relocations, I have learned that I can trust God to lead me in the right direction. When faced with an opportunity that requires change, we can ask God to guide us. Because God loves us and wants us to lead lives of significance and meaningful service, God will answer our prayers for direction — not only through scripture but also through the wisdom of Christian friends and mentors. God’s answer may not always be what we prefer to do, but we can know that following God’s direction is always best.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to trust that you will show us the ways and places where we can continue to find joy in serving you. Amen.
– Myrna Conrad
May the words of Myrna’s reflection resonate in your hearts and souls. We can trust God and God is with us through every shift and unexpected challenge in our lives.