20 Days Closer - Devotional #5

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“I

 Will lift

 Up mine eyes

To the mountains;

From whence shall my

 Help come? My help comes from

 The Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”

 

That’s the beginning of my favorite psalm, Psalm 121. I’ve always loved it because living in California, just about anywhere in California, you can always see hills or mountains in one direction or another. Sometimes they may be far off, but often they are very nearby, as with our own Mt. Diablo. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

 

Driving through the hills to Ygnacio Valley Christian School over Bailey Road each morning I never tire of the moment when I make that final turn and see Mt. Diablo looming up before me. There she sits, reigning over the streets and the homes, businesses and people which lay below her in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek and beyond. Sometimes she appears benevolent and cordial, spreading out vibrant green foothills and darker green valleys before me. Just the sight reminds me to give thanks as I coast down the road to work!

 

The Lord is your keeper;

The Lord is your shade on the right hand.

The sun will not smite you by day,

Nor the moon by night.

 

Other days, however, Mt. Diablo appears to earn her diabolic Indian name. On those days she seems dark and foreboding. She wears storm clouds and dense, creeping shadows. Often I can barely make her out at all behind the clotted, grey gloom. It’s the clouds that sometimes get me worried. They can become blankets of thick, white tulie fog that completely envelope the towns, enshrouding the streets before me and my eventual destination. On those days my prayers are quite different. I pray for safety and guidance, with confidence that I just need to drive carefully forward on the part of the road that I’m allowed to see. I know that it will surely lead me to school.

 

The Lord will protect you from all evil;

He will keep your soul.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in

From this time forth and forevermore.

 

That’s God’s reassurance from the Word. That’s a promise we can claim with confidence even when we meet with obstacles or when the way we think we’re supposed to go is obscured. Through the fog we drive looking only as far ahead as we can see, but continuing to move with the assurance that God is in charge, preparing the way for us.                                                                                                                                 

~ Mrs. Marj Kerr

 

Prayer Updates:

- One of the doors for our future campus closed today, but two more opened and progress toward our more permanent campus was made.

- A significant connection and some interesting options for temporary campuses have arisen

- Preview night was successful and momentum toward our new school year is building

 

Specific Requests:

- Pray for the elders and decision makers of The United Methodist Church, Concord Vineyard and 1st Presbyterian Church Concord and any other church God might lead us to.

- Pray for the school board as we prepare for the town hall meeting tomorrow

- Pray for the abundant resources of God to unleashed on our school to enable us to move successfully

 

Call To Action:

- Please make every effort to be at the Town Hall meeting at 7pm on 2/7/18

- Come prepared to hear about how you can get involved in making this campus move a reality

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