The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, September 15th comes to us from Bob Peterson of Texas.
Psalm 139:1-10 NRSV 1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. 3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. 7 Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
Moved by the power of the Holy Spirit, I had asked Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life. Soon thereafter, I began learning more form the Bible and Christian writers about the incredible love that God has for me. I have come to see that we are to share with others the love of God through caring words and actions. One day, I was praying about how I could practice being a Christ-follower through one of the ongoing ministries at my church. But none of them seemed to fit me, so I put the thought aside. The next day, a letter came announcing the church’s intent to start a new caregiving ministry, along with an invitation to join the first training. That experience was life-changing for me and was the beginning of my years of participation in many different caregiving ministries. I sometimes wonder if God was so glad, I had finally come to the point of wanting to serve that God just couldn’t wait to send the answer to my prayer. Whatever the reason, to God be the glory.
Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for knowing us so deeply that you bring together our desire to serve you and opportunity to do so. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
– Bob Peterson
May the words of scripture and Bob’s reflection offer you a moment to consider how your “caring words and actions” today may offer someone an invitation to learn more about the love of God.