Thursday, December 31, 2015

Finding God's Presence ~ Look Behind You. Goodness and Mercy Are Following

by Nan Jones   @NanJonesAuthor

Finally! Sunshine streamed through the pine canopy along our country road. Days of rain had dampened everyone's spirits, and even though a warm, rainy December didn't feel like Christmas in the mountains, this bright sunshiny day felt grand.

Blue and I strode along enjoying each other's company. Like most everyone these days I pondered the things of this past year and wondered about what lay ahead for me. I knew God had carried me through the troubled waters. Like He promised, I didn't drown. And through the flames, I wasn't burned because He was with me.

How amazing is that?

But I still felt some trepidation about my future.

Blue stopped to sniff out a deer trail. As I stopped with him, I turned slightly. The sight took my breath away. There along this beaten path my shadow lay quietly below me. Elongated silhouettes followed my every move. Had I not been thinking about the Lord I may have missed it - the lesson He wanted to show me. My shadow accompanied me all along the country road as I faced the sun and kept moving forward. I instinctively knew the Lord was speaking to me.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you, Nan, all the days of your life; And you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."*

Goodness and mercy. God's mercy (chesed) is His unfailing, steadfast covenant love for His children. His love never fails. It bears all things, endures all things, and holds within itself a perfect hope for us - a hope of good things to come. A hope of never walking this journey alone. A hope of provision and protection born out of His great love.

Goodness and mercy.

Following closely every step of the way.

Selah. Pause and think about it.

*Psalm 23:6

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  1. This is beautiful Nan! I so needed to read it today. Thanks for sharing the Lords message.

    1. Oh Glenda, it's so good to hear from you. You've been on my mind lately. Please forgive me for not contacting you when I felt the prompting. I'm thankful this message encouraged you. If you need special prayer, please feel free to email me. You are a precious friend.