God Meets Us at the Corner

Lou Lotz

READ : Psalm 59:1-10

My God in his steadfast love will meet me. (v. 10)

Have you ever thought of life as a succession of corners? Not for long do we go in a straight line in life. Rather, things happen that take us in a completely different direction—we turn a corner. When you get pregnant, you turn a corner. When you become a parent, you turn a corner. The death of a spouse is a corner. Getting a new job. Moving to a new house, a new neighborhood. Getting married—now there’s a big corner. Graduating from school. The death of a parent. There are a lot of corners in life, and you never really know what’s waiting for you around the corner.

In the King James Version, Psalm 59:10 reads: “The God of my mercy shall prevent me . . .” The Elizabethan word prevent means “to go ahead of, to go before.” The NRSV says: “My God in his steadfast love will meet me.” I like that. Whatever corner we come to, God meets us there.

You’re coming to a corner. Can you see it up ahead? All this time you’ve been going in a certain direction, but now comes the corner, and things will be different. Your life is about to take a turn. Hang on. We don’t know what awaits us around the next corner. But we know who awaits us.

PRAYER

Lord, meet me at the corner.