“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the Earth.” Psalms 46:10
Tempered: brought to the desired hardness or strength by heating and cooling. (Adj. I.word.com)
Today was a day of reflection, prayer, and precious family time. So, why do I used the word “tempered” in my title?
Because, I’m blessed to have had a cooling period from the recent onset of “heat.” Unpredictable and unplanned as this period has been, I am able to smile from my heart- truly smile, because I know I am not alone. Purpose is being realized and love is being radiated beyond the usual.
“Bust as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping and I was almost gone.” Psalm 73:2
The beginning verses are so very human- as they exude the thought patterns of the world; Jealousy, pride, envy of the people who seemingly live reckless, sin-drenched lives (I’m not excluded from this list, just forgiven.)
…These are the souls who mock God and then seemingly lift off the ground like gods when their deeds go (seemingly) unpunished. If you know Jesus, you know deep down how this Psalm ends up: the mockers do receive their due justice- just maybe not in this life…
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8
Who has the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, but Our Lord and Savior!? Certainly not I. We aren’t here to figure God out. We are here to be figured out for God by God.
This doesn’t mean walking blindly as circumstances fly past and slap our faces; it means we aren’t all-knowing and the circumstances are lessons. They are means for the tempering of our earthly souls. We are NOT abondoned during this tempering process, either.
“I [Jesus] am with you always, even to the end of age.” Matthew 28:20
As a diehard self-perfectionist, I admit I do not know what God knows. Through The Spirit- in the quiet sanctuary of my soul, I can hear His direction. I can cling to His promises of justice. I can find peace and joy in the tempering of my soul. He is with me as I seek His presence. He is with all of His Creation when His Creation calls upon His Name (Psalm 73:8.)
Humbled and Blessed to share this journey,