Readings: Daniel 6, Mark 15:1-15
The room was cold and there wasn’t much to look at. I was nervously looking around for something to focus on. My eyes settled on the clock, especially the sweeping second hand. My clock at home has a clicking second hand – it pauses at each tic mark. I felt like that in the procedure prep room: my breathing was short and shallow, heart pounding, thoughts clicking away. I.don’t.want.to.do.this.Why.can’t.I.hold.on.to.Your.peace? But, then the Lord interrupted my staccato thoughts with His thoughts. I am in control. This time, all time, is in My hand. Let My peace sweep you along like the smooth second hand on that clock. Deep breath. Long exhale. Certainly, a sweet lesson learned, again.
Daniel learned lessons from the Lord much quicker than I seem to. He focused on God’s control and trusted completely when thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel 6:23 tells us, “And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” Daniel operated in the smoothness of God’s time every time we see him in Scripture. “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Praise God for sharing wonderful examples in His Word. We see trust in a lion’s den, judgement for one who dishonors God, wild dreams interpreted for a king turned wild, outrageous bravery and His Presence in the fire, friends sticking together and trusting God Almighty in every circumstance. We see undefiled hearts and lives. What we see is faith under pressure. Always, we see God’s omnipotence and unending love. What we see is who we can be. God grant it. ~Tracy