Today’s Daily Boost devotional

Hey there gang!

Today’s harrowing adventure takes place at the office. It’s raining in SoCal today–thunder, lightning, and all. I’ve been watching the strikes from my office window and the lights just blinked, so hopefully I’ll have enough time to complete this post before any outtages…

I get an email devotional called Today’s Daily Boost. The topic today was “Returning to Normal” and it was too good not to share:

Return to Normal

June 3, 2009

By Greg Ebie

Sometimes it is amazing how quickly life returns to normal. Granted someone
has said that ³normal² is only a setting on a dryer, but the routine of life
finds its way of resuming even after the most difficult of circumstances.
Yet sometimes the new ³normal² can disguise the pain we continue to face.

Each of us has faced our own unique situations that more than toppled our
proverbial apple cart. The death of a loved one, a prolonged illness, the
loss of a job, an accident or burglary, a natural disaster ‹ these are but a
handful of events that can strike suddenly in any of our lives. And while
the routine of life may return to normal, our hearts can carry the pain of
loss for months and even years.

The Psalmist knew what it was to sing the blues. ³As the deer pants for
streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my
food day and night, while men say to me all day long, ŒWhere is your God?¹²
(Psalm 42:1-3, NIV). Have you been there, wanting to draw closer to God but
wondering when He would intervene in your circumstances?

Grief lingers. Depression can overwhelm us and transform a ³normal² day into
the deepest of sorrow. While the intensity may vary, we all know what it is
like to be lost in regret. It¹s hard when we remember happier days whose joy
seems to elude us in the present (42:3).

What are we to do when ³abnormal² emotional pain becomes ³normal?² There¹s a
wonderful answer just a little further into that psalm: ³Why are you
downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I
will yet praise him, my Savior and my God² (42:5,6).

It¹s easy to get stuck in a rut and live a new ³normal² of sorrow. The
Psalmist pushes past singing the blues to purposefully sing God¹s praise. We
can choose to linger in the mire of self-pity or we can look up.

Put your hope in God! Come to Jesus, our Good Shepherd, and let Him mend
your broken heart. He will bring you into green pastures and lead you along
quiet waters. Jesus will restore your soul. He will walk with you even
through the dark shadows of Death Valley. Out of His abundant storehouse our
Shepherd will provide for us.

‹ D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville,
Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

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Think on that for a century or two and get back to me, would ya?
Peace.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 Confessions of a Cave Dweller

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