I have set the Lord always before me; Because he is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh will also rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy one to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Oh Lord, thank you for today. Thank you for a wonderful day full or surprises, and productivity, and beautiful encounters with people. Today was no surprise to You, but it was too me because I was absolutely amazed with what You’ve been doing in me and showing me since I’ve lived here, away from my family and friends back at home.
This morning I woke up tired, but confident that the Lord was going to give me strength to get through a longer day. I was prepared to have a longer day because I had to be at the nursing home until 7:30 pm, but I was prepared to leave my house with hope and strength to make it through without any worries or issues. I got up, made myself some breakfast and dived right into the Word for about an hour, and then started plowing through some of my online class homework. I didn’t expect to take up the entire morning doing homework, but I managed to get through a great deal of it, Praise God!
Before I headed off to the nursing home, I had voices of the enemy saying “wow, you spent the entire morning doing homework…you should have been doing something more productive like working out” Ahem, actually, that would be counterproductive because if I would have worked out and neglected my homework, then I would have been spending time doing homework under pressure the next day and probably wouldn’t have finished as much as I did today…but thanks for coming out! I then heard him say, “you ate too much breakfast, you should have had something lighter, just make sure you don’t have anything to eat for lunch before leaving the house” Actually, if I want to have something else to eat before I leave, I will…but again, thanks for coming out! I can honestly say that, with the Lord’s help, I’ve been able to detect whether or not the enemy is putting things in my head to make me feel bad, to steal my joy, or just to ruin the tone of how my day is going to be. He tries so hard to ruin my day, in fact, before I left the house I heard him say I should just eat all the brownies I made this weekend to make myself feel sick, and skip out on going to the nursing home. You’re probably thinking that’s nuts, but it’s happened before where I have listened to him and ended up going to the nursing home feeling very sad, and upset with myself because of how I was deceived by his ways. So instead, I decided to fight back with prayer and wisdom, knowing that God would not say those types of things. The enemy will do ANYTHING to interfere with God’s will for your life, and I’m starting to realize how real it is, and how much praying helps prevent him from succeeding in his craftiness.
I had beautiful encounters today at the nursing home, with a lady who was in palliative care. I was asked to feed her in her room because she is dying, and cannot go to the dining room to be fed. As I entered their room, I noticed a pictures on their wall of Jesus, with the “footprints” poem beside it. For those of you who don’t know the footprints poem it goes like this:
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”
Anyways, I was in their room and as I was feeding them I noticed that they weren’t in the mood to eat. I stopped, and asked them if they were okay. I knew that they weren’t going to be very responsive as they were in a critical state, but I wanted them to know that I was there. I asked them if I could pray for them and their family, again I knew that they would not respond but I began to pray over them and told them that God’s looking after them. They immediately opened their eyes once I said His name, and began to sing, not with words but with a humming sound. I was absolutely amazed, and felt the Lord’s presence so strongly because I continued to assure them that the Lord’s looking after them and their family and they kept humming along. I heard them saying a word that sounded like “God”, so I asked them, did you say “God?” And they just looked at me, and smiled. I wanted to stay with them for the rest of the night and just be with them, but it was time for me to leave. I hope I get the chance to see them again next week and continue our song and prayer time.
I also learned so much from my mentor today, and am becoming more interested in becoming a nurse. At the start of this year, I had many doubts about this career but I can see God at work, and know that this is something He has called me to for quite some time. He has shown me reasons of why I should be in this profession, and the opportunities it will give me to have encounters like tonight where I was able to simply pray, and comfort the sick, the suffering, the ones who need a touch of the Lord’s healing hand.
God thank you for being so patient with me today, and protecting me in all of my situations. I know that You are always with me, but sometimes it takes moments like today where I need to sense Your there by seeing someone else light up at the sound of Your name. You are so good, and I am so blessed to know you are always with me.