Delight Yourself In The Lord

Delight Yourself In The Lord

In July, my daughter and I went on vacation together. At one point in our trip, we spent a few days with my two sisters in a cabin at a state park in Oklahoma.

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Of course there were bugs. Bugs are okay outside, just not inside your cabin or fighting for bed space when its time for sleep. My daughter had to fight off a mosquito under the covers. A big one at that. Never fear, we banned it from life and sleep was had.

Then there was the mouse. Mostly we only saw the evidence of its presence. When we unfolded the sleeper sofa for the night. Everyone but me eventually saw the little fellow. But when you’re trying to avoid these things running across you in the night, they are not as cute as some would have you believe.

Now, I don’t mean to lead you to think our time there was awful, but we did have to choose to overlook a few things and focus on the positives.

Like the laughter over games. Meals cooked together. Pictures taken. Explorations made. Long talks. A trip to the Tall Grass Prairie where we sought a sighting of the buffalo. My Oklahoma felt more like mine than all the years I grew up there.

At the park we hiked to a waterfall. Although the falls were smaller than we hoped, the walk was pleasant and the view refreshing.

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And then there was the little raccoon that paid our cabin a visit. He first appeared looking in our kitchen window. Smelling the food, he was doing what raccoons do. Looking to forage. He came around our cabin and I stepped outside to take a picture. He came closer. Then closer. A bit more. Knowing Raccoons can be a bit ferocious, I finally stepped inside. He came up all the way on the porch behind me.

Wild things are supposed to be leery of people. On the alert. Quick to run off or fight for their territory. And yet this guy had no fear. As

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happens in wildlife areas where people are common and constant, he had become so accustomed to humans, he no longer ran in fear. I wonder how long it took. It wasn’t overnight I’m thinking. Bit by bit he lost his instincts to protect himself.

I think we get kind of like that with sin. It’s not the overnight embracing of wrongdoing that gets us. It’s the bit by bit that we allowing things into our lives.

At first we watch from a distance. We turn off the TV as soon as something offending comes on.

Then we scoot a little closer. Everyone swears. What’s a word here and there?

After a while, we hop up onto the porch and camp out a while. No one is looking, I’ll read that book and not talk about it.

How long before we’re running into the cabin? Not caring what we do or who sees?

How do we counter this slow slide into behavior that months ago would have appalled us? Just like choosing to focus on the good during our stay in the cabin, in life we have to focus on the ONE who is good. We need to delight ourselves in the Lord. That will push out those other things vying for our attention and help us guard our hearts against a slow descent away from our Lord into dangerous territory.

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1: 1-3

Angela Meyer About Angela Meyer

Angela D. Meyer lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and daughter, where she writes women’s contemporary Christian fiction. She enjoys the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh.

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