Today’s Scripture Selection: Isaiah 40:12

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?  Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?”

Does your life ever feel out of balance?

Too many people; demanding too much of you?

Too much work to do in too little time?

Not enough time to catch your breath; much less feel really rested?

Then join the club.

In my pastoral care and counseling work, it is one of the complaints I hear most often – that life is just moving too fast and everything is falling out of balance.

Well, there are any number of helpful things you can do when you are feeling that way.  But I find that one of the most helpful is to simply remember who holds the scales in His hand.

According to the Scriptures, God once looked out on creation and said, “Good.”

And, though over the centuries, that same creation has fallen out of balance, one way or another, God still values what He has created.

God is not ready to give up on us.  Patiently; lovingly God weighs it all, time and again – making adjustments as needed according to divine, providential care.

You and I are under that watchful eye.

So, when life seems sorely out of balance – if we will just stop for a moment – and prayerfully seek God’s presence – I believe the scales will begin to shift a bit.  We will be helped to see how to find that equilibrium we so desperately need.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for weighing all of life in your scales; thank you for helping me to find a healthy balance when I need it the most.  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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