The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no
unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92:12-15 ESV
Yes, it has been a full 8 weeks since I have posted to this blog! During my absence. . .
I severely injured my back, and had surgery to remedy the problem;
I became a grandmother for the second time (my two daughters had their babies 32 days apart; one in AK and one in OR)
I lost a friend to cancer;
I turned 52;
I celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary (since I was recovering from back surgery and my husband subsequently injured his back again, we didn’t do much “celebrating”);
Of course, 56 days of “life” happened during my hiatus. Paying bills, cleaning house, visiting the sick, listening to hurts, comforting the grieving, holding a baby, drinking coffee with a friend, church, work, home, family. . .
So, why this passage? During this particular season, when I have been home because I can’t drive or sit up very long, and am weak from surgery and must very gradually build strength so as not to do further injury —
I find myself wondering, Lord, my work for you isn’t over because I’m still alive; but I certainly can’t “work” like I used to. What is my place now? Where do I fit?
I can be that flourishing cedar in the house of God. Ever-growing, still lush and green even though years and years from a sapling. I can be rooted and grounded in God and His Word. I can declare, from my years of walking with Him, that He is absolutely upright; there is no unrighteousness in Him. He is faithful; He is good. As long as I have breath in my body, I will tell of all His wonderful works!
One thought on “An Extended Absence”
Blessed words for today! You have been very busy. Congratulations on your grandbabies… what fun!