Thrive in Five: Psalm 139:1-5

Several years ago, my husband and I traveled back to his hometown so that his doctor could do a quick outpatient procedure. We planned to spend the night with his parents and travel home the next day. The procedure turned out to be anything but routine and all of a sudden, instead of turning around and heading home, we were staying in town so that he could have more invasive surgery.

The night before his surgery, there was a hurricane (you can’t make this stuff up) and many of the roads were flooded and closed. The power was out and cell service was unreliable. A trip that usually takes a half hour took at least twice that, but we made it to the hospital and his parents and I sat together while he was in surgery. We spent some time with him in recovery and then they left to make the difficult trek back to their house. I told them I wouldn’t be far behind. But as I was getting ready to leave, my husband’s blood pressure spiked and doctors became concerned. It resolved and I was able to leave – but I was several hours later than expected and because the phones were out, I wasn’t able to alert my in-laws.

It was dark and I wasn’t familiar with the country roads, which was made even more complicated by all the storm damage and flooding – but I finally made it.

As I was pulling into the driveway, shaken and exhausted, I saw my father-in-law getting into his truck. They had become more and more concerned as time passed and he was heading out to see if he could get a cell connection and reach me – or find me somewhere along the route. He knew where I was coming from and he knew the roads, so he knew where to look.

My husband and I hadn’t been married all that long and it was that night I realized that his parents truly loved me as family, flawed as I am. And while my own father had passed away several years earlier, that night I remembered what a father’s love feels like.

I read these verses from Psalm 139 and I realize that night was a small earthly glimpse of the way the Father loves us.

He knows us, flawed as we are – and He loves us anyway. He surrounds us and protects us and He knows exactly where to find us when we’re lost.

If you feel unseen or misunderstood, be encouraged today. You have a Father in heaven who knows your every thought and your every step. He knows you better than you know yourself. And He loves you with an everlasting love.

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Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Grab your journal or download this worksheet. Let’s dive into God’s Word.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

Psalm 139:1-5 ESV

Monday: Read Psalm 139:1-5. Write this passage in a journal and read the words out loud – slowly and intentionally while thinking about what each one means.

Tuesday: Read Psalm Psalm 139:1-5 and answer these questions: What does this passage say about God? Is there an action to follow?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 139:1-5 and think about this question: Is there a command to obey or an example to follow in this passage?

Thursday: Read Psalm Psalm 139:1-5 and begin to think about how you can apply this verse to your own life by answering this question: Does this passage give a promise to believe or a principle to practice?

Friday: Read Psalm Psalm 139:1-5 and respond to this question: Does this passage warn of sin(s) to avoid or give a warning to heed?

We look forward to hearing how God uses Psalm 139:1-5 to transform your heart and renew your mind as you lean into His perfect and pleasing will for your life. (Romans 12:2)

Love fiercely and live deeply, Bare Feet & Curls

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