As Lost As a Person Can Be . . .
“Before we met, I was as lost as a person could be and yet you saw something in me that somehow gave me direction again.” ― Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe
Lost in the Night is one of the few remaining pieces from my 100 horses of 2015 and really it is quite passionate in color and the flow of the thick oils on the surface of the board. I have again reduced the price making it so special that you will not want to miss out on this one. Slip this 5 x7 into a frame and hang it where you can love it. It is available here.
Nicholas Sparks is quite a writer when it comes to love and emotion. My top reference will always be God's Word on the subject and I found it with Psalm 73:2 speaking of losing direction... "But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold." The full chapter puts it into perspective better. "Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart...But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. " and it goes on describing how this 'group' of people seems to have it all and they are a wicked group living the life.
This faithful Israelite is concerned with his own personal struggle and pain. Aspah, the author, is the choir leader in the temple and he is in constant contact with the people of Israel while balanced by the presence of God in the temple.
We all face personal struggles like this. As Aspah faced his struggles, he cried out to the Lord, he grew in his faith and became a more godly man afterwards. He confesses in this Psalm his anger and confusion. He speaks of his envy of the easy life of others. He believes that God is suppose to be good to us that are pure in heart, while it looked to him God was good to those that were evil.
Aspah's honesty moved my heart when I read through this over and over this morning. Once you get into later verses 15-18 you are reminded that the prosperity of the wicked is only momentary and they too are on slippery ground. They seem to have a preset prosperity but there is no future for them. God will judge them.
Our ultimate good is God. "My Flesh and my heart may fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Verse 26 "But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all They works." verse 28
I believe I 'get' this more the older I am. Life shifts and changes and with the years of experience, trials, struggles, some bits of prosperity... I am learning more each day that God is my ultimate good. He will not allow us to slip or be lost.