Sunday, August 24, 2008

When I Sit, When I Rise, When I Am Lying Down

"O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." Psalm 139:1-3

He met me again today in my quiet time. I am not surprised, but I am charmed by how He met me through His Word this morning.

Last week, I injured my knee. When I got up from a chair, my leg twisted and I heard (and FELT) the pop! Ouch! Waiting for x-ray results, my body is currently being comforted by a knee brace, ice packs and doctor-prescribed medication. Getting up and down stairs and in and out of chairs now is difficult and painful. The knee is in a vulnerable state, so my movements are slow.

In the scheme of life and health concerns, this is small potatoes. The injury does, however, disrupt life a bit and temporarily change the landscape of my days. I've had to make our world a little smaller this past week, postponing some ministry gatherings and play dates.

The house looks a little unkept, but my heart is peaceful knowing this is where God has me momentarily. Jim, Joshua and Gabrielle have been understanding and instinctively helpful. It blesses my heart to see them intuitively and pleasantly step up to the plate.

This morning, as I woke up and attempted to get out of bed to go to my personal sanctuary (dining room table) for quiet time with the Lord, I realized I was stuck. My knee felt locked, and I couldn't move my leg. I gently woke Jim and asked him to help me out of bed. (Go ahead and have a hearty laugh....we do! I feel twice my age right now!) Thank the Lord for Jim, who has strong arms, a willing heart and a great sense of humor!

Enjoying a mug of freshly-brewed coffee once downstairs, I sat down and opened my Bible. Usually beginning my quiet time by reading at least one Psalm a day, I began reading Psalm 139. This is where I "just happened" to be in the Psalms today.

"You know when I sit and when I rise...You discern my going out and my lying down."

Amazing....He showed me that He is "on it"! He knows my rising up, sitting down and lying down are painful for me right now. His eyes are on me, and He is taking care of me. Amazing!

Psalm 139 is one of my favorite Psalms, and I have read it many times. Today, because His Word is alive, it ministered to me in a fresh way. Thank you, Lord!

We'd love to hear how God is meeting you today. He is near...tell of His wonderful deeds.

"We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, for Your Name is near; men tell of Your wonderful deeds." Psalm 75:1

8 comments:

Jill said...

Oh Sharon - I'm so sorry to hear about your knee. I will be praying His healing touch upon your knee!

Oh my potty training a boy is more laughs than I ever imagined.

I too love how the Psalms just meet us right where we are every time we take the time to see what He has for us each day!

Psalms 75:1 is perfect for today!

Love you - thanks again for happy dancing with us!
Jill

Runner Mom said...

I am so sorry about your knee! Bless your heart! I will keep you in my prayers.

I just LOVE the Psalms! Thanks for sharing one of my favorites. Take those meds and use plenty of ice!! Take care!
Blessings,
Susan

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

You have convicted me because I never have my quiet time on a Sunday. Always in a rush for church thinking I will be fed there....

No, we didn't meet at She Speaks. I actually went in '06 before the introduced the blogger track. I am a speaker but can't wait to go again just to meet all these new friends in real life. :)

Runner Mom said...

Hey girlfriend! Thanks for your encouragement for our Women's ministry! Hope that you're feeling better today!

Austin's first cross country meet was so much fun! He had a blast and ran strong. Out of 26 varsity boys teams, our school came in 7th! Last year, they came in 19th!! Lots of growth! Thanks so much for asking! I really want to post a blog about it--don't know if he'll let me! I took some really cute pictures!!! Uh, cool pictures at this age!!!
Love ya,
Susan

Kushmama said...

Hey Sharon! Thanks for stopping by on my blog....I always love a surprise visit:) I also love how the Kingdom seems a little smaller thanks to technology! I'll be checking in on you frequently.

Loving Jesus,
Bethany

Vern ~ Inspired said...

Popping in from Jen's blog.

Your blog is a beautiful testimony of Gods Love!

Praying for your healing and recovery!

Be Inspired,
Vern

Heather said...

Feel better friend!

Is it not amazing the way the Lord meets us right where we are and ministers to us int hat moment? Just awesome to me.

Even amidst difficulty, you keep your sense of humor and sunny disposition, truly a gift Sharon - the Lord shines through you:)

Have a happy week. Let me know if I can do anything for you - It would be a priviledge.

Love,
Heather

KelliGirl said...

Hi Sharon,
I'm so sorry to hear about your knee. I suffered a knee injury about two years ago and threw myself a big ol' pity party! I pray for God's healing of your knee.

Thanks for beautifully illustrating how wonderfully Jesus meets us when we settle our hearts and come to Him.

Blessings,
Kelli