You anoint my head with oil ~ Psalm 23:5
What do you do when you’re thousands of miles away and you receive word that a loved one is close to the end and if you want to see her—this side of heaven—now is the time to act? That’s what we were faced with and what we’re going through now.
Wednesday morning, before our long drive, before work, before the day began, I sat on the couch with my journal and I prayed, “Father, I’ve got nothing. Please reveal Your Word to me. I need You.” When I read Psalm 23, I saw an explanation of the oil in verse 5. It said that in climates of extreme heat, oil mixed with fragrance is actually refreshing and invigorating. As we run the race and stay the course for Christ, our anointed bodies are refreshed, invigorated, and better fit for action. Holy Spirit is our oil and we are anointed to receive refreshment and be able to stay the course.
As we were resting—half way to Wisconsin—at my uncle and aunt’s house, I realized that God had blessed us—in provision and safe travel—and knew that He had anointed us with His Holy Presence, that we’d be able to stay the course—the driving, the visiting, the emotions. Psalm 24:8 says, “Who is the King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” My Father, the King of Glory, has gone before us and walks ever with us, protecting us (we didn’t encounter any issues with weather), and clearing the road before us.
I read in Ecclesiastes 2 that without His presence, all is lost and it’s all for naught. I’ll close with that, and with thanks to my Father for His ever presence, even in the hard times of life.
For without [God], who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and [joy], but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. ~ Ecclesiastes 2:25-26
From the archives. Originally published April 15, 2013.