After a quick look around to see if anyone was watching (sometimes pride can hurt most of all!) I assessed the damage. Sore wrist, elbow and shoulder, cut ankle and bruised hip. After the numbness subsided I was relieved to find that nothing was broken. The bike faired the same – a few minor adjustments for both of us, and we were on our way.
Peddling away I was contemplating Psalm 91:11 and12, “For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all of your ways [of obedience and service], They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Where were those angels today I wondered, for they are forever faithful and true? Were they away? Or busy elsewhere? On their way, but hindered in coming? Because I had just dashed my foot, ankle, elbow and shoulder on a whole pile of stones, nary an angel in sight!
Had God not given them charge over me today? Were His promises for everyday, always? Did I miss something today – a warning, a caution?
As I mentioned earlier, I had not planned this. As a matter of fact, if I was going to plan the day, it certainly wouldn’t include a tumble off my bike, a ways from home, unprotected onto a pile of rocks!
I would have planned no one seeing it though. I definitely would have planned that.
I arrived back at the house and tucked my bike away. I was thinking how God does plan our days for us, Psalm 139:16, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.”
I thought of how He fills those days with good things, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” And the Ephesians 2:10 good works, which God has predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Then I realized that today was one of the first days in a very long time that I had not taken the time in the morning to agree with His plans for me that day.
The first time I had not thanked Him for the good things He had planned – that I had not come to Him as Father, and with thanksgiving, gratitude and anticipation, received the daily bread He had for me, the deliverance from evil, and the welcoming of His Kingdom to be manifest in my life.
It was one of the few times I had not set my agreement with heaven and received His perfect will for that day, asking for all my days to be in alignment with His plans and His hearts desires.
I seldom get out of bed until I have asked, with the Holy Spirit’s help, to walk in the fullness of all He has for me that day, for my family, and for all things concerning us.
Aligning my heart with His this way brings such peace, and seems a perfect way to start the day.
This morning for some reason, I was just too tired. Busy week, full days, and a Saturday morning off. I’m not tired now, just sore!
Now, I am not saying that I fell off my bike because I didn’t pray this morning, because I did. I talk to God all the time! And I’m not saying in anyway that He allowed this because I had not prayed against it specifically, or received His plan for the day. We never want to put our faith in a formula or a specific way to pray, when our faith finds its surest fulfillment in Him alone!
I’m just saying that as a daughter of God and one who has authority on earth, I also have authority over my own sphere of influence, including my days.
And on the days that I use that authority to set my agreement with heaven, to align with and receive His perfect will for my life, to celebrate and give thanks for all the good things He has planned for me, including the gift of His angels who do have charge over us, and who faithfully keep that charge, somehow the days just seem to go better. I rest in them, I trust in and am grateful for His days of joy, His perfect will, and the goodness He has woven into each one.
I didn’t pray for His highest and best today, the way I usually do, bit I did pray for a July posting for our blog, and I got one! This is His redemption and how His grace gets us through, even when we fall. How He heals, even when it hurts!
This month, as in all the days and months, we pray for His Kingdom to come, for His perfect will to be done, in every area of your life.
We celebrate the good things He has planned, we press in with you for them, and we anticipate the blessings that are to come. That we do! That we always do!