Funny how we mark things with time – the year of the hurricanes, September 11, 2001, the call this morning from a tearful child “I’m on my way to the emergency room”.

The slow motion moments. Moving at the speed of light to get to her side but feeling like time has come to a standstill. The praise news is all is well – the soul news is God’s there even when all isn’t well.

“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,” (Psalm 91:15a NIV)

In the midst of chaos His peace is always being offered – but our eyes become focused on our own sufficiency and forget His. On my way to the hospital a homeless man, head down, with his sign. A plea for help – not oh so different from mine. And then the blessing: me with no cash but I did have bottled water and a Bible, my apologies for not having more. “Thank you, no worries, life is getting a little better each day” he tells me.

That’s it. Each day is another day closer to being with Jesus and no more emergency rooms, no more homelessness.

Why oh why do we doubt? Has God not proved Himself faithful over and over – in the minor and major life happenings? Yes, death still comes, sickness still weakens, marriages dissolve, jobs get cut. In those moments, O Lord, take our eyes off our perceived ability and put them on Your moment by moment provision. It is in the jumping ahead, the what ifs, and the ‘no please’ – that we lose our way.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV)

We don’t know the next calendar date we won’t be able to forget – but we can know the God who doesn’t let a sparrow fall without His noticing. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” (Matthew 14:1 NIV)

8 Comments on “8:45am

  1. Thank so much for this reminder today. The past few days have brought worry to my heart, and I needed this truth. God is faithful!! Visiting from #HeartEncouragement. 🙂


    • Emily, I love His gentle reminders. Father, be with Emily in those areas of worry, replace them with peace. Touch her spirit in a way that encourages her deeply. Assure her of Your constant care in all things at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


  2. So right about time and days, and the enemy like to wreak havoc on certain ones, as if a reminder. But He is faithful. And sometimes, I see the clock and it’s 3:16 so I think of John. and other days it might be 10:10, more John, but we know who comes to steal, kill and destroy, we want the life and life more abundantly. Visiting you from Susan Mead.


    • Becky, you are right, the enemy is all about defeat and deceit – but our Jesus is all about victory and peace. Blessings through all the hours and days as you serve Him…

      Paris Renae


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