Thank you, for pursuing me, Lord., culminating in my happy surrender to you at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1970.
Thank you that, as a result, I’ve been pursuing you for over five decades! That is thrilling to me!
Thank you that you’re taking all of the things that have happened and working them together for (intrinsic) good (no matter how they look in the visible), for your glory, and for the Kingdom through the power of Jesus’s shed blood (1 John 1:7), the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Spirit! (Titus 3:5).
Thank you for assigning me (and us) to this period of time on the planet (Esther 4:14)
Thank you that the pressure is off; that I don’t need to do more than I’m assigned to do. I can simply be still and know that you are God through it all! If it’s to abstain from the king’s food (Daniel 1:8-10), so be it; if it’s to be in a den with hungry lions (Daniel 6:16), so be it; if it’s to live in a cave listening and waiting and learning about your voice so be it. (1 Kings 19:13).
PLUS: Here below are some supporting Bible verses that I received today from “Ken, my Friend,” on the “Friendly Christian Radio Hour.” Thank you, Ken!
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13–14, TNIV)
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” (1 Peter 2:2, TNIV)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33, TNIV)
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the ⌈duty⌉ of every human being.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, TNIV)
“So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” (2 Corinthians 5:9, TNIV)
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24, TNIV)
“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.” (Proverbs 21:21, TNIV)
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22, TNIV)