Friday, September 10, 2010

Awake my soul: the morning commute

A new aspect of my Chicago life is that I now have a 25-30 minute commute in the mornings and 30-40 minute commute in the evenings. Initially, I wasn't very excited about that idea. After only 4 days of the commute--I'm really starting to enjoy the time. My morning routine has already become somewhat therapeutic. I wake up, get ready, have my coffee pot on auto brew, drink my coffee and read a bit or watch the news, then head out. I pop in my ear buds with worship music and walk to the bus. Once onboard, I take out my bible or book and enjoy solitute (seemlingly) with my Savior. Then my lunch hour is kind of a follow up to whatever I read that morning--whether reading it again, or looking up cross references or mentions.  

I read this on the bus this morning in the Nature of God by Arthur Pink:
 "Well may the saint trust such a God! He is worthy of implicit confidence. Nothing is too hard for Him. If God were stinted in might and had a limit to His strength, we might well despair. But seeing that He is clothed with omnipotence, no prayer is too hard for Him to answer, no need to great for Him to supply, No passion too strong for Him to subdue, no temptation too powerful for Him to deliver from, no misery too deep for Him to relieve. ‘The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ (Psalm 27:1). “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen’ (Ephesians 3:20-21)"
Another from yesterday's ride:
"Here is solid comfort. Human nature cannot be relied upon; but God can! However unstable I may be, however fickle my friends may prove, God changes not. If He varied as we do, if He willed one thing today and another tomorrow, if He were controlled by caprice, who could confide in Him? But He is ever the same. His purpose is fixed, His will stable, His word is sure. Here then is a rock on which we may fix our feet, while the mighty torrent sweeps away everything around us. The permanence of God's character guarantees the fulfillment of His promises: "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed: but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee" (Isaiah 54:10).
This book has already been such an encouragement to me. It is helping me to step back, fall on my knees and truly be in awe of the characteristics and attributes of God. In this time of change and new things and personal stretching at work-it is essential for me to remember that God is completely good and completely sovereign.

Psalm 31:15 "My times are in your hand"

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