Isn’t it funny that the same scripture can come up again and again and though you’ve gotten a lot out of it before, all you thought you could, something fresh and new jumps out. During this first year and a half of being in Ireland, Psalm 27 has been in the center and keeps coming up as my theme passage. It talks about a heart’s desire to gaze on the beauty of the Lord, to seek His face, to fear not but be strong and let your heart take courage. This psalm is so beautiful and resets my focus from distractions, pressures, challenges, the goals, desires and trudging, to remember that this is eternal life, to know the only true God. The desire in this psalm is just to seek His face.
This last week there were three occasions where I was walking in Dublin City center and ran into someone I know. I couldn’t believe out of the thousands and thousands of people who walk through those streets I would happen to be in the same exact place and time as a friend of mine, let alone three different friends at three different times. Tonight God put a cherry on the top. When I was heading home from a long day in town my bus driver paused for a moment, I looked up and saw one of my elders from my tiny church who’s a bus driver. Again, this had to be just the perfect circumstances out of the hundreds of people he would have come on His bus and that I would happen to wait for the stop at that right time.
With each of those incidences of running into a friend, I was walking along on my own, getting from one place to the next and then I look up. I’d be sauntering by, seeing countless passing strangers and then see a face, a familiar face, a face of a friend. Suddenly my face would bust into a smile, I’d get an extra skip to my pace and my backpack would even get lighter. It’s just so nice to randomly meet with people who mean something to you when you’re in a busy city. This is the feeling I thought of as my friend shared Psalm 27 with me again this week and the parts that talk about God’s face or seeing Him and she pointed out the seeking of His face would be time in the word. When we seek His face, when we get to see His beauty and spend time inquiring in His temple -do we make that connection of the joy and light and refreshment in it? – Wow He’s so special, what a privilege!