It seems that I’ve talked with quite a number of people this summer who are in the midst of a significant season of change in their lives. Some are in between jobs, others are about to enter into a new opportunity, and not a few have experienced some sense of loss or uncertainty.
It’s often somewhat difficult to know what to say when someone you care about is going through a time of change or moving into some new circumstance where they simply don’t know how things will work out. When I was in that exact situation with someone very close to me, the Lord led me to Psalm 139 where King David speaks of God’s nearness in every detail of our lives. I read these verses as several of us prayed together.
“Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.
You perceive every movement of my heart and soul,
and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.
You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.
You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m about to speak
before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.
With your hand of love upon my life,
you impart a blessing to me.
This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible!”
Psalm 139:1-6 (TPT)
Somehow, in these verses I found the true essence of my prayer and my very best hopes for this family in transition. It was as if God knew what was inside of me and had already chosen the words that He would speak over them to be my prayer in that moment.
The wonderful truth is that these words of promise are not just for someone else, but they’re for you as well. Perhaps you’re the one that’s going through change or transition, the one that’s leaving one place to go to another, the one that’s now settling in to someplace that you’ve never been before; remember these words “You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.”
I don’t know if it’s just how overwhelmingly reassuring these words are, but I can’t think of anything that brings me more peace and confidence than the word of God even in the very details of our daily lives and decisions, small and large.
There are many more wonderful words of personal love and care in Psalm 139. I urge you to read the entire Psalm carefully and see which part of this amazing scripture God brings to life for you, dear friend, or for someone that you care about.
It’s always wonderful to share big moments such as this with family and friends, but it’s so much more life-giving and sustaining to know that the Lord our God has already spoken these things to us no matter what the situation that we face may be. In those promises you can find rest.