"Dust and Ashes"
“Oh, the joys of those who do NOT follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.”
I had just finished reading the book of Job when I wrote in my journal, “My boils have been getting worse instead of better. The scraping and examining has not helped…only brought more despair. I have never felt like this before…never so ‘done.’ I’ve been seeing what my choices have caused. I don’t see hope. It looks too hard to change. Each day seems to get harder.”
Never had I felt so emotionally exhausted. However, as I sat in my own dust and ashes, I had no idea that like Job, I was poised for some new revelations from God! The very next day as I opened the book of Psalms, I saw my SOURCE of hope: “Oh, the joys of those who…delight in the law of the Lord…” Ps. 1:1-2
I had fallen in love with God’s Word in my early twenties, and that delight grew on every journey through His Book. But My Father knew I needed some advanced training to climb out of my pile of dust and ashes and walk freely. So, for the next several months, day after day, the Shepherd showed me Truth, and then showed me how to walk that Truth—step by step!
If only we realized how much Our Father loves us,
perhaps we would take His Word more seriously—
and never end up in dust and ashes!
(To be continued: Personal delights from the Psalms that bring joy my soul.)