Games. An amusement or pastime.
The NY Times has a few games which have quickly become favorites for our family. Recently while playing the Connections game, two of the connections were of a biblical nature. One category was books of the Bible, while the other was origins but contained the word Genesis (also a biblical book). I never did make the other two connections.
Jokingly I commented to my family members that my morning time had helped me, then also texted – “Goes to show, ‘all the way my Savior leads me’. And now I’ll be humming this all day.”
Several hours later, there I was, still humming the song. Pulling up the lyrics, I needed to read the words slowly, letting them fall on my soul much like a comforting blanket.
“All the way my Savior leads meWhat have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His faithful mercies? Who through life has been my guide Heavenly peace, divinest comfort Ere by faith in Him to dwell For I know whate’er fall me Jesus doeth all things well.”
Guide – my one word for 2023. It is defined as “to assist (a person) to travel through, or reach a destination in, an unfamiliar area, as by accompanying or giving directions to the person” (dictionary.com).
The words, “in an unfamiliar area” have my attention now. Surely this is where we find ourselves in this moment of time. Political contentions, global tensions, wars, Israel under attack, disunity, misinformation, and confusion surround us.
And yet, one truth brings me comfort and assurance today:Â “Can I doubt His faithful mercies? Who through life has been my guide.”
My Bible defines “guide” as “advisor; director” (The New Scofield Bible).
If He is the One directing our paths, and He is, then He will surely advise us in the paths we should go.
I continue reading the lyrics to the song, which I am still humming:
“All of the way my Savior leads meAnd He cheers each winding path I tread Gives me strength for every trial And He feeds me with the living bread.”
The words “the living bread” sink in further. Yesterday I baked my first loaf of bread for this season. It was something I began doing when faced with the unfamiliar area as the pandemic unfolded a few years back.
There was something therapeutic and soothing about the process. Feeling the heaviness of the world yesterday, baking bread seemed like what I needed to do.
In these days of uncertainties and conflict, may we turn to the Lord each day for guidance, assurance, and comfort.
He will sustain us with the living bread,
each day as come to His table.
“For this is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide to the end.” (Psalm 48:14)
“And all the way my Savior leads meOh, the fullness of His love Perfect rest in me is promised In my Father’s house above When my spirit clothed immortal Wings it’s flight through the realms of the day This my song through endless ages Jesus led me all the way.”
(from “All the Way My Savior Leads Me by Rich Mullins)
In her “Mellow September Reflections” HERE , Linda Stoll is sure to bring beauty for the soul in her photos and words she shares. Her posts often remind meÂ of the many wonderful ways God shows up in the ordinary and familiar parts of our lives.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.