This was my favorite place in our new home when we bought it. Boxes stacked high, rooms feeling huge and empty.
We had been taking trips out of our apartment with our pickup truck until it was really dark the night before. So, our first morning in our first home when we woke up, we started exploring in the light- seeing all the angles the sun hit the Windows.
I remember worshiping God in the house that day, because Jonathan and I had been through a lot. We didn’t think we’d own a home that quickly, or both be in that place where profession and passion collide. God had planned it all.
As we ran around our house in the light of day, yelling, “honey, over here! Look at this room”… I then settled into this space. No furniture. I said to him, “let’s take a moment to be grateful for the goodness of God, and vow to help each other remember it when times get hard again. Let’s vow to be satisfied with the simplest of life’s pleasures, and to help others the way people have helped us.”
Psalm 105 is all about remembering God’s miracles.
Buying a little house and both having good jobs may sound like such a first-world FACT: but if you’d seen where we’d been, and where we had come to… With how much was in our bank account, you’d be shouting ‘miracle’, too!
This is what Psalm 105 says:
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”
and he sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true.
He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.” Psalm 105:1-11, 17-19, 21-22 NIV
Today, just like every day, I sit in my favorite room, talking to God, knowing he is in control.
It’s not about owning a house or having jobs. It’s about Who you call upon at the first sight of trouble, Who you remember because of moments like these: God. Provider. Healer. Restorer of relationships. Giver of peace. Comforter. Savior. Friend. Dad.
What “monuments of miracles” have you set in place, to remind you of God’s goodness?