Often, when Bruce is going through a difficult time with something, he will say, "The Lord is my portion." I have thought a lot about this verse for several days and have prayed this to be real for a very dear friend.
She and her family are going through a very difficult time in their life. A year ago, they never saw that today they would be broken hearted and grieving inside. But God did. And He prepared for them for this day and for the days to follow until He is able to mend the pieces of their hearts back together.
As I thought about this verse, "The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him," I kept thinking of that word portion.
Portion has a few different meanings, along the same line. But the one that spoke to me most, was "...A part that is allotted to a person or group."
My friend's family is a group, but each of them have been touched by this storm and each of them are hurting in their own ways. The LORD is their portion as a family, a group. But the LORD is their portion individually also. He will give them exactly what each of them need to heal and as they each begin to heal, the family will heal together. The LORD is their portion.
When the storms of life hit out of no where and even when we see or suspect a storm is coming, we must remember that God saw it coming long before we did. And He has had a plan all along for what we are going to go through. He has prepared the LORD to be our portion.
On those nights when it seems the darkest, when it seems our pillow holds most of our tears, when we feel we are further from God's presence than we have ever been.... HE is our portion.
We will have days where we don't want to get up out of bed, days where we feel we may never be the same. We will have days that seem they will never end, but... HE is our portion.
Our Associate Pastor preached a wonderful message tonight and said something I will never forget. We need to praise our way to prayer. When we are feeling our very lowest and prayer is the only thing we know to do, the only thing we CAN do, begin it with PRAISE. Find the praise in the storm and praise GOD to your prayer and to your petitions.
The LORD is my portion. And He will ALWAYS be enough.