Psalm 18:16-24, The Message
But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!
God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.
This is written by a biblical patriarch, David. David had some of his most troubling challenges with other leaders among his own people, like Saul. Be they personality differences or wildly different world views, getting along with our coworkers can sometimes be very challenging. This weekend we went to see the movie, Lincoln. I learned to see President Lincoln in a more human light and saw depictions of his interactions with many persons within his own political party who disagreed with him let alone those from the other party. I want to read more of this history and finally read the book, Team of Rivals. I don’t know if Lincoln saw God as part of what made his life complete, but the movie presented a person who was willing to make a fresh start, to look every day for new tricks and read the book of people’s hearts to put the country back together.
I pray that I will not take God for granted today, that I will watch my steps and pay attention to the ways God rewrites the hearts of all of us when we allow ourselves to be surprised with love.