He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30
I am an East Texas resident at this time of my life. After two back-to-back harsh, cold winter storms, I have water again after 36 hours without. I only lost power very sporadically and very temporarily. Just got internet back Sunday afternoon. I see power trucks all around Lufkin. The city water is back up and just, minutes ago, got a message that calls off the city boil-water mandate. I feel extremely blessed to have what I have, and truly lost so little compared to many others. And so many are still without.
You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to You, O LORD,
for though You were angry with me,
Your anger turned away,
that You might comfort me.
“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
and He has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:
“Give thanks to the LORD,
call upon His name,
make known His deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that His name is exalted.
“Sing praises to the LORD, for He has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 12:1-6
A friend sent this chapter of Isaiah to me during the week and all I could do was bow to my Lord and whisper Amen and Amen. He has kept me near, in the cleft of His rock, in the fold of His arms, in the warmth of His love, in His beautiful mercy and grace.
How can I be anything at all when He is so magnificent?
Father, thank You for sending so many (via phone, text, a knock) to check on me no matter how far or near away they live. I am so grateful for their love and care. Please watch over all of those in Texas, Oregon and everywhere else who is without power, water, food, shelter, whether it be a temporary problem or an ongoing concern. Please hold them near and provide their needs, O Lord. I ask that they will come to know Your Son, Jesus, in the midst of all they are going through. May they hear His Name and seek forgiveness, calling upon Jesus. May they know Him as their Lord and Savior. Oh, God, I pray this in Your Son’s Holy Name. I am learning every day what ‘decreasing’ means for it is a real process. In the midst of this process is just where I want to be…decreasing! Yes, I still hold onto lots of parts and pieces of me, but I desire to let go of me even if just a little bit at a time. You are my Guide, my Refuge, my Fortress. During the storm, I stayed in Your hands. You protected me. Thank You, Lord. May Jesus be ever so much while I become ever much less. May He be all of Whom I depend upon each and every day. Praising You and loving You, Lord. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.