LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts his praises! My body rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your godly one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16: 5-11(NLT) David wrote this psalm while he was being persecuted by Saul.
Leigh Mackenzie, from Illinois, spent some time in Africa. One day she was at the Mercato in Addis Ababa, one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, where cumin, curry, and Ethiopian berbere spices mingled with wood-fire smoke and dust were in her nostrils; bartering voices and foreign words filled her ears. The beautiful colors, faces, and smiles around her became a nightmare as her young son's hand slipped out of hers. Leigh frantically searched for him as fear crept over her. But then, her eyes locked on to the back of his bright red shirt a mere ten feet away. Two friendly Oromo women had waved him over so they could touch his blonde hair and stare into his blue eyes.
Quickly covering the distance, Leigh cried, "Son! I thought I lost you!" Tears edged her voice. "Mommy, you always know where I am," he confidently replied. What faith he had in his mother!
Sometimes we move away from God and wonder if God has lost track of us. But God never leaves us or forsakes us, and God always knows where we are. No matter what, we can have faith knowing that God will always find us.
Prayer: Father God, help us to keep our eyes focused on you. Thank you for never letting us go, in Jesus' name, amen.