Sunday, November 22, 2009

Open?

We were supposed to leave the next morning, but for a number of reasons we decided to set out from Long Beach, California to Las Vegas, Nevada just before ten p.m. We were with Beloved’s youngest brother – and we were all much younger then, too.

But driving is tiring and by the time we reached Barstow it was well after midnight and coffee, with lots of caffeine please, was strongly desired. By passengers as well as drivers. Hop off the interstate at the huge sign designating a known fast food chain, and promising 24 hour service. Right? Wrong.

They were closed for cleaning. How we hit just as the doors were locked is indicative of how this spontaneous trip went. We reached our destination, the hotel in Las Vegas holding our reservations. And they refused to let them go until the regular 1:00 p.m. check-in. May I tell you how tired we were?

We’ve all experienced similar situations. What we expected was not available.

Isn’t it wonderful that God is always available?

My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalms 121:2-4 KJV)

Even when I’m worn out and can’t go further, I remember how David looked upon the Lord.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8 KJV)

Whatever I can imagine going wrong, He is able to save me to the uttermost.

But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25 KJV)

That thought prevails through those who write of His abilities.

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV)

They write what I feel and wish to share with others. The Lord is consistent, never absent, always able.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 KJV)

Knowing this, let us accept His invitation.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 KJV)

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