Monday, October 12, 2015

Reaching forward

There is something very special about the prayers of God’s people—they work! I had been dreading today, but when I got up this morning I could tell that God’s people were praying for me, because instead of feeling discouraged and empty, I felt happy and content. 

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before”Philippians 3:13 (KJV)

During my morning devotions, I told the Lord this day was His, that I would trust Him to order my steps as they should go, and that I would rejoice in all that He had for me—whatever it was. I had some ideas in mind, but God had a different and masterful plan for me. He brought unexpected company to my door, and that gave me an opportunity to be a witness. 

Then I took a drive up the road and did some grocery shopping. While in the grocery store I kept bumping into this one lady, and soon she struck up a conversation. Another chance to be a witness.

Dinner was a bit of a challenge as I didn’t want anything that had been “special to us”, so I ventured to google and found a tuna casserole recipe to try. This is a dish I’d not fixed in all the years my husband was alive because he hated tuna and peas and refused to eat this casserole. It wasn’t the best casserole I’ve ever eaten, but it satisfied my need for nourishment and had no attached memories. Again, I was content.

There were only a couple of times today when I actually thought about how how this day was no longer my anniversary, but simply another day on the calendar. There was a moment when I felt guilty that I wasn’t mourning, and then I realized that it was okay to be content, happy, and living per Philippians 3:13 (slightly paraphrased) “putting away those things that are past, and reaching forth to what’s ahead.” 

After all, Mac isn’t looking back at our life; instead he’s in Glory having a grand time—and he’s healthy, happy and more content than any of us can imagine. I can’t wait to see him again and spend all eternity being happy and content together, while we praise our Savior!


  1. Hi Mrs Mac, I really appreciate all you wrote today and I look forward to reading your other posts. We can't out give the Lord, can we! You chose to turn your thoughts and actions heavenward--like the verses that continue in Phil. 4 about whatever things are true, honest, just, pure.... you focused on those things, and the Lord, the God of peace (Phil 4:9) brought them across your path. <3

    1. Thanks, Ferree. The Lord is always with us, we only have to reach out to Him. I lean daily on the promise of Joshua 1:9!