Week 42 Wednesday


Coming and Going

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 120-121

Key verse: Psalm 121:8

It’s an expression that is a little outdated; maybe even a bit quaint.  But I think it says a lot about a certain psychological, and spiritual, condition:

“I don’t know if I’m coming or going!”

Ever feel that way?

Well, if so, it’s reassuring to remember that Scripture has something to say about it.

Right at the end of a brief, eloquent Psalm about God’s watchful guidance we find these words:

“…the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and evermore.”

The poet who wrote those words knew nothing about 21st century

  • Work deadlines
  • Traffic jams
  • Computer glitches
  • Information overload
  • E-mail and Spam
  • Health insurance woes
  • Speed dating and Quick “no-fault” divorce
  • And a thousand other things that make us “crazy” on a regular basis

But he knew about the calming, reassuring, constant presence of the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God who created the universe.  Or, to put it even better he knew Him personally and intimately.

So – the next time you can’t quite decide if you are “coming or going” – remember God does.  And He has your back.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I rest easy in the assurance of your watchful care, now and every moment of every day – no matter how hectic that day may be.  AMEN.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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