I shouted for joy as we stood in our back yard this morning watching Space Shuttle Endeavour enter into its final launch. Several neighbors who were working in their yards shouted across the street, "What do you see?"
I pointed to the vapor trail.
It occurred to me the reason they didn't notice the shuttle is because they weren't "looking up".
During the past few days I have been feeling a little overwhelmed. In the past weeks I have prayed with friends who are going through some very difficult times. This weekend, I received even more requests and it occurred to me I can't help them.
During my prayer time as I lift each of these people to the Lord I have been praying for myself. For the Lord to lead me, give me wisdom and strength to help them. Logistics makes it impossible to give each of them a hug.
This morning as I sat in silence, waiting for Him, I didn't get an answer, right away. So I went on with my morning routine. I opened the Bible to Isaiah. He led me to Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the Glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be sun upon you.
I'm a fixer. If I can't fix it I become frustrated. I can't "fix" cancer, broken bones, the sore on a diabetics foot-who has already lost part of his other foot. Or what do I say to a Grandmother, through her tears, as she shares the news that her unwed granddaughter is pregnant.
What I can do is continue to pray.
A friend shared with me the other day that warm chocolate chip cookies are comfort food to her.
I can't take away the cancer that is ravaging her body nor the pain she is enduring from the aggressive chemotherapy, but I can bake chocolate chip cookies. We are going to sit on her front porch, eat chocolate chip cookies, laugh and pray together for a few hours this afternoon.
Thank you Lord for reminding me what I see when I "look up."
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.