If I was playing one of my childhood games, I Have Never, I could say, “For the past 40 years I have never lived in one place for more than 4 years.” I am still amazed that I can actually say that statement. When I was a teenager it really bothered me. I grew up in South Korea and went to boarding school all through High School. I remember telling my friends that when I went back to the U.S. I was going to marry a nice guy, have 2 kids, and stay in one house for 30 years. God sure did have other plans for my life!
I loved music, whether dancing, singing, or playing my flute, music was always a part of me. When I had the opportunity to go on choir tour with our church youth group during one of our furloughs back in Texas, I was thrilled. I was already struggling at home because it was almost time for us to go back overseas and I did NOT want to go back! It had taken almost a year for me to find a place where I felt like I fit in, and now that I did, we had to go back. During that choir tour I really struggled and even wrestled with God. All week long we sang until we got back to our home church to do our final concert. It was there that God spoke a special message to my heart. He used the song, “Wings of the Dawn“, based on Psalm 139, to show me that, “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me. Your right hand will hold me fast.” (To hear the song, you can click on the title or here.)
I felt like God was speaking to my heart and telling me that it was going to be OK. No matter where God took me, He was going to be with me. Through the years, this psalm has been my favorite. I memorized it in high school. I quoted it every time we had another move. And now, as I have had to move my own family, I use it to comfort my children.
Wherever you are, God is with you as well. Even if you have never had to move, there are things in your life that you struggle with. This Psalm tells us that no matter where you are, God created you. He loves you. He knows where you are.
Do you have your own story of when you realized God was with you and watching over you? Share it with us below!
- In what ways does God know you?
- Where can you go to get away from God’s Spirit?
- Verse 14 says that “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Do you see yourself that way? Is it hard for you to think about God “knitting you together” and having a perfect plan for your life?
- What steps can you take to start believing God’s Word for your life?