You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
I had the privilege to attend a wedding this afternoon. What a perfect day for such a great event! The sun is shining and there is a gentle breeze blowing. Awe....
As the father of the groom spoke, his words resonated with my heart. He said that marriage is like a garden. The seeds of love, gentleness, patience, respect, and joy need to be planted and nurtured. However, the weeds that try to grow up throughout the garden need to be removed to prevent the desired plants from being choked out and killed. The weeds, he went on to say, are pride, selfish ambition, and anger.
How true these words are, not only in a marriage relationship, but in any relationship we enter into. The Lord is familiar with all of our ways. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses, and that if left on our own, we could not sow these seeds of good works. He sent His Son as a gift to pay that complete price for our sinfulness and to leave His Spirit here as a counselor to guide us into all truth. We need only to accept His gift!
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Help me to walk in the manner that reflects your love and wisdom.