Friday, January 1, 2010

Cultivating Faithfulness

"Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it."
Psalm 37:3-5

I read Psalm 37 a few weeks ago and have not been able to stop thinking about it. There is so much in that passage that speaks to me at this point in life. We keep asking ourselves—and the Lord—what to do next, where to look next for work, where to move, etc. But the answers never seem to come.

This passage is as close to an answer as we have found so far. What do we need to do right now? Trust in the Lord, delight in the Lord, and commit our way to Him. This passage also contains some wonderful promises—God will give us the desires of our hearts . . . and He will do it! So, even though the Word does not give us directions such as, "Apply Here" or "talk to this person" it does help to realign our thinking and to give us the proper perspective: the most important thing to us in our lives is our relationship with the Lord.

The phrase that quickly grabbed my attention during my first reading was, "Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness." I felt like this command was exactly what Chris and I have been doing for the past two months. We are dwelling here in the Bay area, and we are cultivating our faithfulness to God and each other.

We went for a drive in San Francisco making a stop on Twin Peaks (the highest point in the city). The view of the city from that point was amazing. And I couldn't help ask, "Lord, is this our land? Is this going to be our home, our city?" Did I hear anything in response? No, but I felt at peace and full of hope (even a bit excited!).

The New Year is starting out differently than we imagined, but we continue to commit our ways to the Lord, continue to seek His direction and continue to apply, apply, apply. We know His ways are not our ways, so we wait on His timing and His provision.


• I have had one job interview and the follow up meeting is scheduled for next week. Please pray that if I take this job, it would be something I would enjoy. (At this point that aspect is uncertain.)

• Our dog-sitting gig is almost up and we continue to pray for affordable housing. Hopefully within the next week or so we will find what we need.

• Our first Christmas together was wonderful. We visited some of Chris's extended family in Frenso, CA.

• My sister, Molly, came for a visit after Christmas. It was so great to see her and be able to spend so much time her. (Not possible if I had a job!)

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