Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I am not sure about you, but there are times (including right now) I do not have the strength to deal with all that is going on. When I say “all that is going on,” I mean my job, family and friend situations, politics, COVID – all of it. When I get into those–we’ll call them ruts–I have to cling to my Creator and His strength, not mine.

I appreciate the fact that I can be REAL with God. I can come to Him in prayer and lay out the “stuff” I am dealing with. I don’t have to be happy all the time. I can have a genuine discussion and conversation with Him. In those moments, I think of David. David didn’t hold back. He brought everything to God and wasn’t always in a good mood when he did it. I think of the over-the-top joy David would receive in return. Praising God to anyone and everyone. Psalm 103 is a great example of what David wrote, regarding who God is – the strength, the power, the forgiveness, the compassion, the guidance – all of it!

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.

The image I chose to go along with this thought is a location in Arizona – right on the northern border, headed into Utah. The specific location is Antelope Canyon. Why did I choose this one? Well, if you’ve ever been there you know how amazingly incredible it is. The fact that waters continually erode away at this sandstone, carving out pathways (when it’s not raining and flooding) is breathtaking. I chose the image because it reminds me of God’s ability to do anything. Deep in this canyon, the light is dim and the sand continues to fall down, creating this amazing site – all because God created this planet and has a very creative touch. Praise God for all He does!