On Doorkeeping…

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10

As I was reading my devotion for today, part of it included Psalm 84. The above verse stuck out and stayed with me, even as I continued reading the Psalm and as I read other reflections. As I thought about it, I realized that the Psalmist seems to be saying that even the lowliest position in heaven with God is better than the highest position anywhere else without God. I have to agree.

These past few months have been hard ones and I can’t imagine going through them without God by my side. God has been there in all of it. I have felt your prayers sustaining me through all of it. I have seen beauty in the difficult whirlwind days and I have seen beauty in the aftermath of the storm. I am blessed beyond all measure. And the reason is simply, God.

Throughout scripture we read that God promises to be there with us. I sometimes feel like a broken record or a meme on continuous repeat as I write those words. But they speak a profound truth: God is there with us in all things. I have learned over the years that when I don’t feel God…when I feel as if I am all alone in the storms of life…it is because I am the one who has moved. God is still there. God is still constant. God is waiting for me to turn to God for the answers I seek, for the comfort I need, for the love I crave when life has turned upside down.

I seem to think I can do all this on my own. That would be the strong independent streak that runs through my veins…but the reality is that none of us can get through life on our own. We not only need one another, we also need God as our guide…our shining northern star that shows us the path we are on even if it is only for the next few feet.

And that is the thing…we may only be able to handle the next few feet and what a gift it is to only see that far. If we were to see the entire picture we might not be able to take the next step but since all we can see are a few feet in front of us, the next step is not as difficult.

So, like the Psalmist, I am grateful and willing to just be a doorkeeper in the house of my God…my Lord and my Savior. I would rather be insignificant and have God by my side in all things than not.

My prayer for you all today is this: May your day be filled with blessings from God, showered upon you. May you live well in each moment of every day you are given, and may God give you peace as you walk through life.


Pastor Beth

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