“Train me in faithfulness, Rock of the ages.”
That refrain from a poem I wrote last fall kept running through my head this morning on my walk with Jesus.
It all started when He asked me to recount to Him how I’ve known his faithfulness. I loved that He asked me for praise. How sweet of Him… it makes me feel like He’s really comfortable with me to ask me something like that… to solicit praise. 🙂 I was happy to oblige. I love seeing His hand at work in my life – which, funnily enough, I just remembered that I asked Him yesterday to help me notice His hand at work in my life… Wow… Sincerely – how nice of Him to hear my little heart’s ask and to respond by taking me on this journey down memory lane with Him today! 🙂 He’s sooooo kind. “How do I love you? Let me count the ways…” (thanks for that epic sonnet, Elizabeth Barret Browning… lol)
So, faithfulness. How did He teach me His faithfulness?
Mom and Dad. Birthed me – raised me – took me with them when they moved here and there – remained steady. Wow. What a blessing was His faithfulness to me through them. This was truly SO foundational in my understanding of His faithfulness. Yet, even had they not been faithful, He always is. Isaiah 49:15.
Food. Oh, how blessed am I to have been raised with access to three meals a day! I know well that most of the world has not known this blessing. Food has not been a faithful presence in their lives, as it has been in mine. And still Jesus cries out that He is faithful like food should be to the hungry – Isaiah 55.
Teachers. Wherever life took me, as a kid, I was blessed with such faithful teachers. They showed up for work each day. If they missed school, they called in a substitute teacher. They had lesson plans and homework. I depended on them to be at school, and they were. I know this is not the experience of every student, but it was mine.
Seasons. Spring – Summer – Fall – and Winter. Here they come – there they go… year by year for time immemorial… humankind has always known the seasons, and they have also taught me of God’s faithfulness.
Stars. The constellation Orion, in particular, has been a friend on my many years of travel. I could see it in the northern hemisphere or the southern.
I have been incredibly blessed to know the faithfulness of God my whole life long. I know some of my friends, and some of you reading this, have not known faithfulness because of your family, food, and teachers. I pray you have recognized God’s character in the seasons or the stars or the moon.
God is an unchanging rock for all of us. He established this universe, and His character is more dependable than even the natural laws, like gravity, that keeps us from flying off of this planet. I hope you’ll know Him, friend.
I’m so grateful, Father, that You’ve trained me in faithfulness. Thank you.