We have an outreach team here this week and as province would have it we sprung a water leak in the living room ceiling. Pipes in the bathroom above the living room have been leaking into the concrete ceiling and walls and have made their way into a small pool in our living room and office floor. So while life is already busy we have emptied the living room contents into the dining room so that the workers can make repairs this week. While they are at it, there is some moisture damage in our hallway and laundry room, so all that furniture is in the dining room as well.
From the narrow path that leads through the dining room I can see my piano. It is hidden behind a stack of laundry baskets, barricaded by a couple pieces of furniture. It is calling my name as it always does when times are difficult.
Finances are exceedingly low for Hope House. We have made cut backs and continual adjustments this year to help expenditure match donations, but the stress of the situation weighs heavily on me.
I pray and try to roll this burden onto the Lord, after all it is His Children’s Home, not mine. But the weight of the situation is like a cloak laden upon my shoulders.
And from the narrow path my piano beckons me, “Come!”
Now I know, that practically speaking, nothing will happen if I blaze a trail through the stuff piled high in my dining room and sit on the piano bench. But, I know a secret that lures me to worship. In worship the cloak that weighs on me will be lifted and after spending time in His presence, the burden that I feel in this moment will no longer seem so heavy.
So I contemplate re-arranging that furniture this morning, even if it is only 6am. Just to be able to spend a few moments with The King gaining fresh perspective for my day.
How do you react to life’s pressures? How do you seek His face? What do you do to gain fresh perspective?
Pastor Gary Smith says,
“Those who can praise the Lord in trials have a powerful testimony. Their testimony says, ” My God is real when things are going well and my God is real when everything falls apart. He is God and He is sufficient.”
Charles H. Spurgeon said, “Any fool can sing in the day. It’s easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight. But the skillful singer is the one who can sing when there is not a ray of light to read by. Songs in the night come only from God. They are not in the power of man.”
So, on that note, I think I’ll go spend so time with the Lord.