The One Thing


One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:4,5

I tossed and turned last night. Even my dreams seemed disjointed, unfinished. I always think of the Psalms when I feel turbulent like that. I find comfort in the fact that the writers must have felt just like us, more often than not. Something was causing a wrinkle in my peace. It was just one thing overriding all the others. Isn’t that how it is so many times.

You think, “If it weren’t for that co-worker.”

“If it weren’t for the problems with my son……my daughter…….my Mom…….my Dad.”

“If it weren’t for this addiction.”

You think if you could just get over that one hill that’s standing in your way of perfect peace and happiness then it would all be okay. But I am here to assure you, that as soon as that one thing is gone, another will crop up. The good news is that God can handle that one thing, right now today.

He might not remove it, but He can give you perfect peace about it. I know that, because I just prayed about my one thing this morning and He did what He promised, He removed it from front and center and put it in its rightful place, somewhere in the back of my mind. I can’t speak for later. I may have to pray that prayer all over again and it’s okay. I can do that.

Mind you, I didn’t pray for Him to remove it, I just prayed that I could find my peace in the midst of it. And I prayed for peace in it, just for today because that is all He has promised. He knows my mind, how it tends to skip ahead to the next days troubles and the next.

But like the manna in the desert, He promises enough for today and that’s all I ask.

This morning, I want to make my one thing the same as David’s. He was beset by trouble from every side and yet he knew the value of keeping his gaze fixed on the Lord. He knew God was His only real hope. He knew that gazing on Him wouldn’t make His troubles dissolve, but he know if he filled his mind with a beautiful vision of the future that he could stand strong today.

I pray that’s your desire today. Put that one thing, whatever it may be, squarely in the Lord’s hands.

He won’t disappoint you.

10 thoughts on “The One Thing

  1. My “one thing” has been a fixture in my heart for some time now. Like you, I pray for God’s peace to be made manifest in my life so that I might successfully navigate the mine-field that is my mind. It’s not that I forget about my worries; I just displace them with truth. Then I can manage my day. Thank you for this.

    1. Oh dear Elaine, you are such an inspiration to so many. And you are so right, you don’t forget your worries, you displace them with truth. I have been better at doing that as I have gotten older but I have a long ways to go. I am so glad God is patient. I tend to think days and weeks ahead and it gets me into nothing but trouble! Thank you so much for the encouragement and comments. Bless you. Lori

  2. Excellent heart and wisdom. “Find peace in the midst of it.” That’s the key isn’t it? It seems pretty clear that until our perspective changes, not our circumstances, our trouble isn’t going away. Our Peace comes from within. Thanks for the reminder.

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