Good morning and happy Sunday! Today’s post is another installment in my “Scripture Sunday” series. The verse I’m discussing today is one that really spoke to me while I was on Work Crew at Saranac Village and I can’t wait for you to read it yourself! This post is rooted in Christianity, so if you don’t think that’s for you please continue to scroll through other recent posts of mine, I hope you find something else you like! Enjoy!
Psalm 23:6; Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
My time on Work Crew was oh so sweet (but that’s for another post!). Being at a YoungLife camp for a month surrounded by likeminded people that wanted to serve a good God and reveal Him to others showed me a lot about what true community and constantly pursuing Christ really look like. That being said, my final week at Saranac Village was one of the hardest simply because I spent a good amount of time dwelling on how sad leaving my amazing new friends and this beautiful place far away from home would be. I never wanted Work Crew to stop. I wanted to continue scrubbing toilets by day and worshiping with my best friends by night. I wanted to eat big cookie once a week for the rest of my life. I wanted the stunning setting to forever remain in front of my eyes. I wanted to serve until the end of time.
On one of the final days of Work Crew, our devotional was on Psalm 23. I immediately recognized the chapter and was excited to read it again but didn’t expect to learn anything new. That was until I got to the last verse. This verse isn’t another metaphor, but a statement about what following God looks like, wherever you are. Verse six says “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” My days at Saranac Village were drenched in goodness and mercy, and I began to realize that the loving community of believers I had been surrounded with all month were residents of the house of the Lord. The beauty of Saranac doesn’t even compare to that of the true house of the Lord; heaven.
As sad as I was, and still am, about leaving the beautiful little glimpse of heaven that Work Crew at Saranac Village was, I’m comforted by this verse. The reminder of Jesus’ presence regardless of where I am and promise of goodness and mercy show me that the greatest parts of Work Crew came home with me. Yes, I still want to hug my sweet Work Crew friends everyday, but I know they’re only a call away and we’re tied together eternally by our faith. God isn’t going to stop showing me kind people, beautiful places, and good times, for the verse says “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” If Work Crew was all God had in store for me, He wouldn’t have ever sent me home. I rest assured that He has so much more planned for me.
This week, remember that Jesus never stops pursuing you with His goodness and mercy, no matter where you are physically or spiritually. Remember that you’re never alone in your faith, that you’re always part of a greater community; the house of the Lord. You might not be surrounded with other residents at home, but they’re out there, I promise.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!