I’ve been having a serious headache for days now. Unable to bear the pain for another minute, I slipped into my pumps and took a walk for some much needed fresh air. 10 minutes away from my house, I found myself in a very familiar place, but one I had not been in over 2 years. Running beside my street is the beautiful River Don seated in the midst of the woods with stories etched in its trees. As I walked along the winding path, I remembered the sermon I listened to yesterday and a portion of it that struck such a chord in me.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Saul had reached Damascus? The followers of Jesus within its city walls had no clue that danger was lurking just outside those walls.
But God had other plans.
When Saul finally arrived in Damascus, he was a different person from the one that left Jerusalem breathing fire. The followers of Jesus in Damascus didn’t know that God, without their knowledge or input, averted a very grave danger from befalling them.
Lord, oh the many unseen battles You fight for me!
As I walked through the woods, I began to thank God for those battles, even though I may never know their tales.
Join me to thank Him, as you take this walk with me.
For the times I didn’t know what to expect on the other side, Thank You!
And the times I didn’t know which way to go, Thank You!
For the times I felt like a tree cut down, but at the scent of You . . . Thank You!
For the missing pieces in the puzzle of my life that You filled with all of You, Thank You!
For the beauty You plant all along my path to put a smile on my face, Thank You!
For Doris who, in 1964, left a mark on a tree for me to see in 2019, Thank You!
For bridges ahead laid by those who ahead of me have gone, Thank You!
And for the waters that rage over my head, only washing my fears away, Thank You!
For the pitstops along the way that you prepared for the weary traveller, Thank You.
For the journeys I make and arrive safely at my destination, Thank You!
For the headache that drove me into the depths of Your presence, Thank You!
For the cure for a headache found in the woods as I rest in You and think about You, Thank You!