He Knows Us

You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise.—Psalm 139:1-2   Did God know about me as I drove at night on a 100-mile journey to my village? Given the condition I was in, the answer was not simple. My temperature ran high and my head…

A Useful Vessel

When you are full of yourself, God cannot fill you. But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel! Paul, the Bible’s most prolific author, referred to himself as “the least of the apostles” (1 Corinthians 15:9  ). King David wrote no psalm celebrating his victory over Goliath, but he did write a public…

What It Means to Walk with God

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? —Micah 6:8   I like to walk, but I don’t like to run. In fact, I hate running. My wife and I will be…

An Anchor When We’re Afraid

I, even I, am he who comforts you.—Isaiah 51:12   Are you a worrier? I am. I wrestle with anxiety almost daily. I worry about big things. I worry about small things. Sometimes, it seems like I worry about everything. Once in my teens, I called the police when my parents were four hours late…

Declaring Dependence

Apart from me you can do nothing.—John 15:5   Laura’s mom was battling cancer. One morning Laura prayed for her with a friend. Her friend, who had been disabled for years by cerebral palsy, prayed: “Lord, you do everything for me. Please do everything for Laura’s mother.” Laura was deeply moved by her friend’s “declaration…

A Perfect World

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”—Revelation 21:5   Katie was given a school assignment to write an essay entitled “My Perfect World.” She wrote: “In my perfect world . . . ice cream is free, lollipops are everywhere, and the sky is blue all the time, with only…

I See You

The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.—Psalm 121:8   When Xavier was two, he darted into one aisle after another in a small shoe store. Hiding behind stacks of shoeboxes, he giggled when my husband, Alan, said, “I see you.” Moments later, I saw Alan dash frantically from aisle…

What Is God Like?

The Son is . . . the exact representation of [God’s] being.—Hebrews 1:3   To celebrate a special occasion, my husband took me to a local art gallery and said I could choose a painting as a gift. I picked out a small picture of a brook flowing through a forest. The streambed took up…

Light of the World

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.—Revelation 3:20   One of my favorite pieces of art hangs in the Keble College chapel in Oxford, England. The painting, The Light of the World by English artist William Holman Hunt, shows…

Jesus With Skin

… to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27   Years ago, I heard the testimony of a man who said something like this, “I heard about Jesus and His love, but…