One Thing

Laying in bed longing for a good night’s sleep I started to ask God “Just this one thing” – when I realized that really I want a lot more than one thing. No, nothing material, not money or things. No, nothing self-fulfilling, not popularity or notoriety.

So, I stopped before I asked and said: really God, I don’t think I know what I want. Yes, restoration of my aging body now beginning to slow me down and give me pain. Yes, for all my family members to know You and walk with You. Yes, to a lot of good things. But then God gently prodded…

One thing. “One thing I ask of the Lord,” (Psalm 27:4a NIV)

There’s one thing we all need. Whether during times where our world is rocked or during times where all seems right. See, what we think we want is instant answers, instant cures, instant fixes.

But instant isn’t the way things work in life. Whether our circumstances are caused by our poor choices or because we live in a broken world, problems may seem to appear instantly – but the solutions…well sometimes they come and sometimes…they don’t. Always Jesus is with us in the process, but we have a role: “this is what I seek:” (Psalm 27:4b NIV)

Seek. Not for answers. God was saying to my heart that night – seek just one thing: Me. I have lots of suggestions of how God can fix all this mess. Seems He isn’t interested in my suggestions, rather He wants to be my God not my genie in a bottle. He wants to show me His ways.

“that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Psalm 27:4c NIV) How do we d-w-e-l-l in His house all our days (not a church sanctuary, not a place)? It’s that desire for His presence, as though we are living under the same roof. When we live day in and day out under the same roof, we know each other well. To dwell is make a place your home – His presence our home.

“to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling,” (Psalm 27:4d -5a NIV) The beauty of the Lord: He is perfect, there is no weakness in Him, He is truth, and He is love. Seek Him in His temple – He has made us His temple, His Holy Spirit is in us. We need not scour the internet or search endlessy for what we think we need. Because in the day (or month or year) of trouble He will keep us safe – in His dwelling. Ah, dwell with the Lord – and no matter what – we are safe. And some sweet day – no more cries in the night asking Him to fix it, for all will be well, forever!

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