Saturday, May 23, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

I am the Lord your God...and I have put my words in your mouth and hidden you safely in my hand. ~Isaiah 51:15-16 NLT

Recently we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by taking the Grand Canyon Railroad trip out of Williams, Arizona. It was a wonderful experience.

I remember growing up next to the Erie-Lackawana railroad as a child. In the evenings I would see the passenger trains passing by and could see the people inside the cars. Some were reading newspapers, some it appeared were sipping tea...all of them going about their own business oblivious to the fact that someone was observing them from a distance.

I wondered about their lives, where they were heading, where they were from. I envied them and the brief glimpse I had of their lives. I wanted so to be like them and climb aboard the train and travel to who knew where. To travel far away from the mundane life I was living as a child - and to be anywhere but "here". And so it goes, the proverbial grass being greener on the other side.

When we arrived at the Grand Canyon and headed to our first observation area, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and intensity of the site. I cried - I had no other manifold expression of such awe and wonder that expanded and extended beyond my sight.

We spent parts of three days in the Grand Canyon area, then heading back home on some of the most frightening roads in Arizona! Sheer drop-offs, no railings and beauty beyond belief. So like the scripture reference from Isaiah, He did keep us safe in His hand.

My prayer for you today is that He will also keep you "safe in His hand."

Blessings to you,


  1. Lovely post, Tamara...thanks for sharing.
    It's ironic that Michael recently mentioned that he has never been on a train and would like to do that...guess he could have done it growing up in Arizona, but now I'll investigate around Georgia.
    Good to have you back!



  2. Thanks Marcy, you are such an encourager!


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