One of Lynnford’s favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” It has also become a favorite of mine. While Lynnford likes the picture of God singing over us with joy, I am drawn to mighty God “in the midst of thee.” I interpret it to say “in the midst of me.” I know that I am flawed. Lately, I’ve come face to face with many of those flaws. As enamored by words as I am, I don’t always know the right thing to say or do. Too often I get it wrong. I like organization. I like life to line up. Sometimes, I find myself trying to “nail” things down only to discover my “board” is warped and I imagine the “nails” laughing at my feeble attempts as they pop out in various directions.
Finishing one class while beginning another, juggling friendships, duties and family, have all been overwhelming and, while I love each aspect of what I have going in my life right now, I have dropped the ball too many times. I have been overwhelmed. I am so thankful that God in the “midst” of me is mighty, especially when I feel inadequate. I love knowing that He is my “ever present help,” my perfect “strength in weakness” and the “plain path before my feet.” Here’s a new one I added just this week: “When my Spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path” (Psalm 142:3).
Ducklings don’t always waddle in a row. They spread out and sometimes take different routes. They do tend to end up at their ultimate destination. The “ducks” in my life may never line up, and my “nails” may continually pop loose. Maybe that’s the plan to keep me dependant on my mighty God. I’m sure I’m not the only one dealing with a “warped board” or two. The awesome thing is that even though our frustrations may look different, our God is the same and He is mighty. He knows our path and we can trust Him to make our paths straight as He brings us into our ultimate destination—His kingdom.
Smiles and Prayers, Kendra